Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Cross Town Traffic

On my way to the office this morning I was stopped at a red light when I heard the man driving the van next to me honk his horn.

I looked around to understand what he was honking about and noticed a woman walking down the street and into the park.

The van driver was honking at her.

The light changed and I had to drive on, but I daydreamed an alternative ending to this story, one where I rolled down my window to speak with the male van driver.


"Psssst! Hey, you!" I would say.

He would roll down his window.


"What?" He would ask.
"I just wanted to make sure you knew that she's not a piece of meat. She's a woman who deserves your respect."

He would scoff and say,

"How would you know?

"Because," I would tell him, "it takes one to know one."

37 comments:

Patience said...

Doncha just hate it when you think of these clever retorts when it's too late to do anything about it?!?

Maybe he reads this blog and will know you're talking about him.

the end of motherhood said...

What is UP with some men and their sense of entitlement anyway? As if anyone asked for - much less wants - their boorish honking and whistling. Grrr.

Laura said...

PERFECT - simply perfect!

aprylsantics said...

At a light the other day, I happened to pull up next to one of those trucks where the driver's door is almost all window and the very creepy man inside was winking and mouthing words at me. MY 7 year old daughter was with me. I looked right at him with my best disgusted face and mouthed "Gross!" I felt like Cher in "Clueless"---as if! And my DAUGHTER was with me, dude! The audacity, the nerve, the ignorance! GAH! Wish I'd had a paintball gun with me.

Travis Erwin said...

Hate to be a dissenter here but don't many women do the same thing. You should see how the women in my workplace act when this one particular vendor visits.

furiousBall said...

that is the most perfectly confusing explanation ever. you win.

you sank my jengaship

*~*Cece*~* said...

What I find funniest about this post is last spring we were headed to Mexico for a party vacation weekend with a bunch of our friends. We stop at a liquor warehouse to load up. While sitting in the van waiting for some of our friends we actually DID see a street walking woman strolling down Artesia Blvd. Now this is where it gets funny, NO ONE was honking at her! lol

Little Monkies said...

So when I first read this post, I got really confused. Was she a woman walking down the road who was being harassed by a man or was she a streetwalker? Because depending on the situation, it makes a different story...I can see Jessica calling out (in true Jess fashion) that ALL women deserve respect. But reading it the two different ways had very different meanings for me.

On another women-note, my sisters and I met with an architect in Oklahoma yesterday (not typically a place for femme power) and he pointed out that the engineering firm he used was run by women. Whoo hooo! I loved that he pointed it out, even risking a bit in Oklahoma to do such a thing.

carrie said...

Could you please bottle up your wisdom and sell it at Target?

Thanks. ;)

WILLIAM said...

Pssst. Hey You! You wanna buy a letter Z?"

Amanda said...

"Esprit d'escalier" the wit of the staircase, so many times I've had the ten second later perfect response. Loved this!

Emily said...

Or perhaps he would say,

"I know that. She's my sister."

Which is what would happen to me if it had been me calling someone out on their shovenism.

Woman with kids said...

Nicely (almost) said.

Tranny Head said...

Before I had my son, I got honked at ALL the time . . . now that I have a stroller it doesn't happen as much (unless he's not with me, in which case it still happens). I ALWAYS gave those guys the finger . .. including one time right outside my office. My boss saw me give these guys the finger - and I was instantly his new hero. I got a raise!

flutter said...

you rule

Shannon said...

My husband calls out guys who do that to women.

He was picking up a pizza when a woman was walking into the place. A few guys in a car in the parking lot started calling out to her and whistling. My husband walked up to them and said they're making her feel uncomfortable and how would they like it if she was their mom or sister and someone else did that to them.

They apologized to him. He told them to apologize to her instead and they did!!

Holly said...

First of all, maybe he knew the woman. Hey! It could happen!

Secondly, all of you who are being all self righteous here, you know deep down inside that when some guy looks at you, honks at you, yells at you, whatever...deep, deep, deep down inside you are thinking to yourself, "Damn! I'm hot!"

Now I am not condining this behavior and yes, I am a woman that is typing this, but let's be at least a little bit honest with ourselves here!

BOSSY said...

Bossy wouldn't mind being a piece of meat. Preferably slathered in Bearnaise sauce.

Maureen said...

Oh YEAH!

Gingers Mom said...

If only you would act upon all your lovely ideas. Tee hee.

Loralee Choate said...

To be perfectly honest I never mind cat calls or honking. I spent too many years weighing 300 lbs and am just damn grateful I'm not getting looked at in horror, laughed at, or pointed out like a zoo exhibit anymore.

Yes, I know just how sad this is.

Chantelle said...

Omigoodness do men still do that? Men over the age of 18?

apathy lounge said...

Preach it, sistah!

GoteeMan said...

awe-inspiring... really.

NIKE, baby... next time, just do it!

J/

karrie said...

Yes, next time do just that.

And I'll do the same to the guys leering with their tongues out at unsuspecting barely legal coeds wandering around Harvard.

Carey said...

Nice. So, there are men out there who still do that and think they are cool? LOL

Aprylsantics said...

Something told me when I wrote my first comment that someone would take it as boastful. Like, I'm so hot I get hit on even while transporting children. I just need to add that there was no flattery in my experience with the oggling man at the traffic light last week. Not even deep down. I felt utter disgust and worse, having my 7 year old daughter with me made me feel fearful and small. Thankfully, she didn't even notice. Did he expect me to pull over and shower him with affection, give him my number, or more? Probably not. I'm sure he's used to having women react to him as I did. Did he think he was being respectful or doing me a favor by letting me know he found me attractive? Perhaps I'm a cynic, but I seriously doubt he was being the benevolent gentleman offering encouragement to the over forty woman in the car next to him. It's power. His power and my helplessness. Like I said, I wish I'd had a paintpall gun-one that leaves a three day tattoo of an a**hole right in the middle of his forehead.

Sorry for the long comment!

Bungi said...

Now, i only wish that this would translate well in to Tamil (which i doubt). Perhaps, i should come up with something similar in Tamil and still retain the punch...

Pendullum said...

So often,I am honked at that it is a friend... and wave, a scream of 'how's your day?
So when I was honked at by this young whippersnapper, honked, and catcalled, I waved....
And he was embarrassed... and I was initially, but then realized I had nothing to be embarrassed about...
Doubt that guy will do it again in this mom's neighbourhood...

ShannanB said...

It's like some men still live in a cave.

stationerygirl said...

I so know what you mean! I have those after the fact moments, where I play the whole scenario over in my head and think of the perfect clever come back.

Lisa said...

Too bad "clues" aren't concrete things. Because then you could have reached into your purse, rolled down the window and hit him with one! ;-)

Isle Dance said...

Exactly!

Moobs said...

I think Hollywood must be lying to me. Doesn't this scene usually end with a brisk exchange of gunfire, tires locking and his truck flipping in mid-air before crashing into a petrol station and bursting into a fabulous ball of flame?

mauniejames3 said...

I was in a really bad mood one day when this idiot kept honking and waving and even pulled into a parking spot behind the bank about three cars from me...I was so enraged I got out of my car and asked him what the hell he was doing!!!does this usually work for him? Do women fall on their knees in front of him and say...yes I love it...call me names...call me a whore...lady...he said...I'm just going to the bank...your skirt is caught in the door...hey!!
it could happen......

Aimee Greeblemonkey said...

love it.

Queen of the Mayhem said...

Would it make me a total loser if I said that, as I get older, I get excited about any attention I can get? Yeah? Well then.....scratch that....shame on him!!!!!!!!!!!! :)