This has happened to me a few nights ago. Friday night, I went out with a few friends in one of the bars in our campus. Everything went quite smoothly until we decided to go to the shop. One of my friends was in the shop while I was waiting outside. I caught his eye and I started waving at him. In front of me, there was a group of Uni LADS, probably about six of them. They thought it would be a great idea to wave back at me, try to high-5 me and even hug me. I got pretty scared, so I tried to avoid them in horror. I kind of run away in order to keep away from them. My reaction unleashed the hell of swearing and harassment: “You fucking slut. Suck me! What a fucking slut!” and so on.
Excuse my incapacity to understand this, but why was I slut? Because I avoided to high-5 and hug a group of six strange men, who thought I was public property. Do I have a social obligation to hug groups of men when they think I wave at them? Am I forced by some kind of social constraint I did not know about, that I signed to at birth when they discovered I was a female? And if I do not respect this apparent obligation of mine, I should be punished and shouted at in the middle of the campus, through humiliation and slut-calling.
My mind really cannot comprehend this event and there is nothing on earth that can make me understand why those men thought I was supposed to pay attention to their stupidity. Why?
P.S. Do you share any similar experiences?