Not only is it rude, disgusting and pathetic, it is scary and leaves you vulnerable with no power, especially when they get up close and personal to you. I remember when I was 14 and living in South Fla (back when they had that slew of child abductions within a few months time span) I was walking with a friend in a not-so-nice part of town to get to the mall when a group of men, from across the street started yelling at us. We obviously ignored, and my friend who had a little bit of a mouth on her said something back, they decided to throw beer bottles at us and one proceeded to cross the street all while yelling ‘YOU BETTER RUN.’
And it can happen anywhere. Not just in the sketchy parts of town, but another instance (and most terrifying) was the beach a few years back where I currently live now in Mass. I was with a close friend of mine walking back to my car that was parked in a public spot (i believe it was a friday night in the summer so it was pretty busy) and a group of men (maybe 3 or 4) come up to us, surround us in a circle and proceed to say things like ‘what are you doing tonight? me?’ and ‘you’re so beautiful, where do you wanna go?’ we’re trying to walk away, and they’re still following us while still in the same circle as before. I finally said “sorry but I have a boyfriend” so they decided to call me a c*nt (fat one) and that my boyfriend doesn’t love me anyways.
It leaves you almost helpless because you want to punch these bastards in the face or kick them in the balls but at the same time afraid for what the repercussions might be. The power that they have over you just from thinking the what-ifs are more frightening than from the words that are said.