Thoughts on a Total Stranger Saying “You Are Gorgeous” in a Very Public Place
I could tell it was coming by the way you gave me the creep eye.
As I walked towards you I cringed, knowing that you were going to talk to me.
Your friendly hello should have stopped there.
You then went on to say “you are gorgeous” in a slightly louder tone.
I felt dozens of eyes suddenly turn my way.
I wonder if my nervous giggle and “Oh! Well thank you” was the reply you were hoping for.
Just what is the appropriate response to such a statement?
Was I supposed to be flattered? Or maybe it was just really only the nicer version of a cat call?
Seriously, how does one respond to that?
What are the expectations when someone makes such a statement?
When I got into my car I laughed, but I also felt somewhat flattered.
Then I was embarrassed that it was such a public display.
Then I felt humiliation. And it made me feel weak, and violated.
Then I felt guilty that I liked the compliment, even though really, it wasn’t.