Traveling while female

I was walking towards the shuttle office, when I heard what all women despise: the condescending, sexist objectification that falls just short of cat-calling. I kid you not, this man said, “Well there you are gorgeous! I’ve been looking for you all morning.”

I looked around and verified that I was the only other person in the dark parking lot at 5:37 in the morning. I chose to ignore him and continued toward the office with my rolling bag clacking along.

He kept at it. “I am so lucky to have such a pretty girl here this morning.”

Did he really just call me a GIRL?!?!

“Seeing my pretty girl here makes me happy.”

Okay. This was finally too much. I squared my shoulders, took a deep breath, tried to ignore my anxiety, turned to confront the man, and almost dragged my suitcase across the tail of an obese cat, who was apparently the focus of his objectification.

(I have decided that this is acceptable cat-calling)

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