“Verbal Harassment” by Isabella Winkler is a beautiful short work about how she was verbally harassed by a group of boys on her way to school. I loved the piece because it was real and very honest.
As a female teenager, I could relate it to my own experiences walking to my school or the store. However, one sentence made my eyebrows furrow. Isabella writes: “Now, just a heads-up, I don’t consider myself to be one of the types to get a boy’s attention ….” This sentence weakens the author’s argument. Don’t get me wrong. Her experience is 100 percent valid. She should have never been harassed. But to imply that a girl’s “type” plays a role in the likelihood that they’ll be harassed, seems wrong. Even if you’re a heartbreaker, a player, or a flirt, you don’t deserve to receive negative attention, or to be harassed. No girl should.
This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.