Every weekend, the women of College Station look forward to nights full of disrespect and undesired attention from inebriated male suitors. They spend hours doing their hair, putting on makeup, and picking the perfect outfit to look just right for an uncomfortable encounter with a potential new man to block on Facebook.
Ciara Kennedy and her friends spent four hours getting ready and taking Instagram photos with giant “21” balloons. Their preparations may have taken several hours, but they still included time to double check they had their pepper spray and a male friend on call in case they needed a fake boyfriend.
“No birthday is complete without my girls, a night we will not be able to remember, and plenty of ass grabs from creepy dudes. Also, we’d like to thank our fake boyfriends. For random guys who cannot accept ‘no,’ there is nothing more respectable than a monogamous relationship,” said Ciara in a toast before their night at Northgate.
Luckily, it does not have to be your 21st Birthday to be preyed upon. A chill night at O’Bannon’s offers just as much exposure to intrusive stares. Allie Hawks describes her favorite experience from this weekend.
“I just came here to sing some karaoke and be objectified by men. I’m so embarrassed I’m only wearing a t-shirt and jeans, but I’m glad guys find me attractive enough to catcall me anyway.”
The best part is that girls do not even have to be in a crowded bar for an overly zealous male to invade her personal space. Even when walking down bottlecap alley or bar-hopping in the streets, there are plenty of opportunities to be uncomfortably close to a Northgate “admirer”.
If you are a woman who is worried about never finding your very own instance of incivility, do not worry. After all, it does not matter how you look or what you wear – as long as you are a female, you will be equally disrespected.
—5k for Yell and Come and Bake it