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“Introducing” is an ongoing series in which we ask bloggers, activists, allies, entrepreneurs and assorted Bostonians about their inspirations, motivations, super powers and experiences with street harassment. If you know someone you think we should feature here, please drop us a line!
You ran Boston last month, and you blog at The Saga of a Twenty-Something – what else are you into? Running and blogging are definitely my two biggest hobbies, but I can also be found at Pure Barre Boston getting my tuck on and out and about in Boston trying to find as many patios to drink on as humanly possible. And if I’m not doing any of those things, I’m hanging out with my fiance, Craig, and our three-year-old pup, Toby.
Define your style: Classic. I tend to stick with things I know will last through the years.
Favorite Boston fact: We can measure things in Smoots.
Your favorite place in Boston? The Long Wharf; it’s where Craig and I had our first date and where we got engaged!
Have you experienced/witnessed street harassment in Boston? What stood out most in your memory? You know, I get the most harassment when I’m running, which makes little to no sense to me since I look terrible when I run. But early in the morning when I’m running, truck drivers will honk and whistle at me. One morning, a man walking along Beacon Street had his cellphone out positioned awkwardly at his waist with the camera facing outward, and he was either videotaping me or taking a picture of me. That was the worst.
What’s your signature response to street harassment – your go-to Hollaback? I’ve been known to flip the bird (not very ladylike of me, I know!), but mostly I just try to ignore them. It’s hard to say something back when it comes from someone in a car (for me, that’s usually where the person is). But when I’m walking and men on the street approach me with the “Oh baby come here” talk, I usually respond with a simple and curt “No.” It gets the point across.
Your most-wanted superpower is… Teleporting. It would make my morning so much easier.
What are you excited about in 2013? Running another marathon! I’m signing up for the Hartford ING Marathon to redeem my unfinished Boston Marathon.
What inspires you? Photography and good light. When the sun is at just the right angle, oh man things come alive.
If you could leave the world one piece of advice, what would it be? Chase your dreams. By that I mean do things you didn’t think were possible. You’ll surprise yourself.
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