|Some deserve a kick in the butt…
Can someone tell me why I keep getting unwanted advances all the time? OK, not all the time, but, say, once a month? Today was no exception. It was actually quite shocking. I was on the Tube and this guy was travelling with his girlfriend. His arm was on her shoulder. He kept looking at me, then smiled at me and eventually blew me a kiss! His girlfriend was next to him, looking in the opposite direction. I had never met them before. I couldn’t believe it. Maybe I should wear a sign saying that I am a 40-year-old, happily married, mother-of-two. Oh, and I have a stone to lose.
The guy was probably in his late twenties/early thirties. What did I do wrong? Who said that the British were stuck-up? I didn’t talk. I didn’t do anything. When I start talking, I usually get a funny gaze -especially from men-, and a comment like “Oh, you are French, aren’t you?” and shortly after ” Come and have a drink with us tonight! ” This is all very nice and integrating but no, thank you.
As much as I like the attention, I have to admit that it is all a bit too much. What is it with French women? I was born this way. I studied Engineering. Is it just casual sexism and, basically, all women experience the same? I really wonder.
I also sometimes wonder whether things have really changed. We pride ourselves in being a modern society but come on, things are not perfect yet…So tell me, have you experienced casual sexism and how do you deal with it?
Muriel – A French Yummy Mummy In London