May, June, July, August
My summer break has come and gone. I thought I would be completely devastated to return to the States (and school) but I’m not. The only thing I’m really not looking forward to is the 20+ hours of flying (say hello to butt aches, headaches, dry skin, and bad hair). Other than that, I’m quite excited to go back. Since I will be there about a week before class begins, I will get to see NYC again which makes me very happy because New York is just beautiful and home-y. And Hannah, my roommate is already in our new and upgraded dorm room which I’m excited to decorate. My classes are all sorted and my textbooks are ready for pickup at the bookstore. I will also get to see my friends again!! That will be very exciting and nice! Also, Fall will hit in no time (bye Summer, I’m so over you) and everything will be so beautiful!
* I’m just sad that I may not be able to come back home next summer ;____; but it’s okay, it’ll all work out.
I approached the New York Police Department last year, and I said, “What can be done about street harassment?” They’re like, “What are you talking about?” I said, “When we’re walking down the street, and these men are saying really vile and nasty things to us, what kind of protection do we have?” The basic answer was “nothing.” It’s just verbal, you have to ignore it, they’re not breaking any laws. Now if they were to follow you for several blocks, you could report to the police officer that someone has been following you, but then he could also say that he was just going the same way. If it’s the same guy doing it two days in a row, you could say it’s a repeated action ….
They were giving all these qualifiers. I explained that we walk down the street and five or 10 men will say these nasty, horrible things to us. The guy said, “You should try wearing headphones.” I said, “That’s the best you can do?” And he said, “We can’t arrest people for speaking.”