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<p style=”text-align: left;”>Awhile back I was out in a nice dress, makeup, some wedges and wide-brimmed hat somewhere where I won’t be recognized. I’d been doing stuff and now I was driving killing some time. I was a little unfamiliar with stretches of this area so I was looking for a gas station. I wanted to get a soda and a chocolate bar. That was it. Good on gas. Hadn’t drank anything since the last bathroom break. As I began to turn in I noticed a couple of guys near the door. They were dressed like the kind of guys you wouldn’t want to run into alone in a dark alley – tough guys. They had that don’t mess with me look. Now I think you shouldn’t judge people on such stuff. Except when you should. They may well have been nice guys. I have friends that look like them. But these guys were not my friends. And there wasn’t a lot of other activity around the gas station. Now if I was in my guy clothes I would have pulled up, gone in and out and not thought much about it. But I never stopped the car, never finished the turn. Just kept going. I tried to get myself to go in but I was so scared at the prospect. If I went in and they figured I’m a guy – which was pretty likely – then who are they, what would they do? Let me pass through or decide that I needed a beat down. I can hear people right now saying I’m being silly. But if it happened again I still wouldn’t stop the car. As I talked to my counselor and talked about how that felt and how disempowering she said that’s the way women feel in those situations. You have to constantly be aware of your surroundings. I didn’t like it but as I said, I was afraid of the prospect. Any others? 🙆♀️</p>
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