I’m sitting on the buson the way back from work, a group of adolescent boys are sitting at the back. For the next half an hour the rest of the bus, including small children, puts up with these boys cat calling every single woman on the bus, they laugh when a young child falls over and starts to cry. Repeatedly they shout at the women on the bus, “hey pretty” “hey come here pretty” “come here pretty” “come here or I’ll come to you” “come here or I’ll come and shit right in front of you”.
I have been listening to rather loud music since I got on to drown them out, but my patients were wearing thin. Between songs I hear one of the boys shouting at the women sitting opposite me, to come and suck something hard and long.
I speak loudly, so they will hear, and ask them to please stop harassing the young woman, their attention is then turned to me.
"come here Lesbo" one shouts, presumably at me. The others take this as an opportunity to pick on me, shouting things like, "come here and I’ll make you like cock" "I’ll turn you straight" "you’ll be a cum slut after I’ve finished with you".
Please remember that there are very young children on this bus.
I stood up and walked to the back of the bus, towards the cat calling boys. One asks me if I want him right then and there as he fondles his crotch.
I stand in front of them and just look at them. Their smiles start to slip, the longer I stare at them. They start to fidget in their seats. After about a minute I stoop down and quietly say three words, I’M A GUY.
I turn and walk back down to my seat. The boys where model citizens for the rest of the journey.
Im not entirely sure why it worked, maybe they are all gay but are in denial and I just helped them accept it. Maybe they didn’t like being showed up, maybe they just aren’t used to someone standing up to them.