Street harassment is not a compliment.
Sorry but, like, can’t any one of these panels be equally awkward and creepy to different people?
Like, I’m a guy, but I freeze up with confusion and fear as soon as any total stranger comments on me or anything I’m doing.
And I’m pretty sure “sorry to bother you, but you look lovely” and “hey sexy, nice tits” are both the exact same thing. The old guy has just learned how to veil it with classier dialog.
A creepy old guy actually once told me exactly that. I don’t even remember how I got into a conversation with a creepy old guy, but he said something about how he’ll see these “young chicks” on the street and say something like “you drive safe ladies!” then winked and said “But you know what I’m REALLY SAYIN right!?” and did a bunch of pelvic thrusts with his arms out like he was holding an ass.
Right, but there’s a difference between being socially anxious and unable to deal with strangers interacting with you in any capacity (like i am) and getting sexually harassed by strangers. They are both really gross and shitty but once I work through my feelings about them I can at least see that the person meant well. When a guy just shouts ‘I wanna fuck your ass’ at me when I’m trying to walk somewhere it’s a whole extra basket of gross feelings I have to deal with.
Ditto with when someone says something nice about me - I still feel horrified because no how dare you talk to me, but after the terror subsides I usually feel pretty good about myself. If someone just says they wanna fuck me or whatever it is, I just feel like shit.
I think equating the two kinds of speech lets street harassers off easy - one kind of speech is complimentary and the other is to demean and I’ve yet to have anyone say they wanna come on my face while trying to be complimentary.