Last weekend, I was in three cities within 48 hours. Taking the rail into the heart of downtown Chicago, awestruck hit. I still couldn’t believe I lived in this glorious concrete jungle. I wanted to explore every corner and see … Continue reading
When I was in high school, the thought of being a bridesmaid in EVERY. SINGLE. WEDDING. seemed like a dream come true. Mostly, I wanted to be like Katherine Heigl’s character in 27 Dresses, flawlessly running around planning weddings and … Continue reading
The reading is piling up. The previous lecture running through my mind at a million miles per hour…leaving a throbbing headache in its place. The looming quizzes and tests I need to start preparing for this week. This is my … Continue reading
The Proposal is a guilty pleasure of mine. Not only is it a cheesy rom-com with my girl Sandra Bullock, but also Betty White is HYSTERICAL in the film. Then there’s that adorable puppy…oh…and did I mention Ryan Reynolds? The … Continue reading
Today is #SuicideAwarenessDay. Wear something yellow or write ‘love’ on your wrist in memory of those that have left this world too soon because of suicide…but also for those who are struggling with suicide thoughts. Today I will have ‘love’ … Continue reading
Growing up, I loved stories. Whether I found these stories in the pages of a book or the images on a movie screen, I was always fascinated with these new worlds of interesting people. Although I would never meet these … Continue reading
120 pounds— that’s how much I weighed sometime during junior high. Somewhere during my teen years, I heard that no one should ever ask a woman her weight. I also heard that a woman was always supposed to exaggerate about … Continue reading
This past July, I spent a week in the Philippines. This was my first trip to Asia and I hope it’s not my last. Since I was only there for a short amount of time, I tried to soak up … Continue reading
Indy will always be home to me. I spent time exploring downtown, finding treasures such as Mass Ave Toys, Patachou’s, and Silver In the City. I ventured away from the skyscrapers to find gems like Mrs. Curl’s in Greenwood, Eagle … Continue reading
Cat calling…I. HATE. IT. I don’t understand why certain men feel the urge that they should holler at me like it’s a compliment. Oh…I’m sorry sir, I didn’t realize that I was running/walking/standing here to cross the road for your viewing pleasure. Oh that’s right…because I’m NOT here for your viewing pleasure. I’m here because I have places to be and things to do. My body is not something for you to ogle at.
A few months ago, I was running in Nashville… exercising in a T-shirt and shorts. Men at a construction site decided that my daily run was a performance. They hollered at me to keep going…to show off what my mama gave me…and they clapped for “encouragement”. I’m sorry…but my run is not a spectacle. Running or walking on the sidewalk is not a sexual act for enjoyment. It’s my way of getting my business done.
I could rant and rave about cat calling, but my friend and Garrett colleague Clint shared this video with me of a woman’s response to cat calling. I couldn’t have said it better:
“[A woman’s] walk to work is not there for him to comment on. It’s not a red carpet, it’s not a fashion week runway — it’s a sidewalk.” -Jessica Williams
Ladies and gentlemen, don’t forget what we learned from TLC…
“I don’t want no scrub
A scrub is a guy that can’t get no love from me
Hanging out the passenger side
Of his best friend’s ride
Trying to holler at me”
So for those that think hollering at me is appreciated…it’s not. Please stop trying. And to all of you men out there already respecting women…THANK YOU. Let’s continue equally using the sidewalks for what they are…SIDEWALKS.