I set out to enjoy the warmer weather Wednesday with a walk around the neighborhood. I’m about 90% better, but still was not up to running again yet. I bundled up (despite the Indian Winter, it is Cleveland!) with a couple layers and a Bondi Band to cover my ears — which get cold really easily. I walked around a 17:00/mile pace.
Enter the honk.
For lack of a better way to say this: Why do (some) men driving by find it necessary to honk at women who are walking or running down the street? This time it was walking mind you. Bundled up. I am not out there dressed provocative or anything. I am not looking for attention and would prefer not to have it. I am married anyways!
Sadly this is by far not the first time this has ever happened. Actually the first time I remember rather clearly. I was about 12 or 13 and walking to the mailbox on our rather busy street. I received a honk and remembered thinking “What the heck?!” and then also thinking that whoever honked must have thought I was like 20, whereas I was actually in about 6th grade!
Honking is not new. I just don’t understand it.
Trying to garner a male’s perspective I asked the husband.
Me: Why do guys honk at women?
Husband: They think the girl looks pretty hot.
Me: Really? I know not all guys do this. Why do some?
Husband: Why are you asking?
Me: I was honked at during my walk today.
Husband: Did you get the license plate number so I can go beat their $#@?!
Conducting further research, I was not able to find a single journalistic piece online on the matter. Instead I found a number of forums containing females complaining about this epidemic, one site where men claim honking is a “manly thing” to do, a Huffington Post piece where a woman describes being honked at by a male school bus driver while she was bundled up from head to toe; and finally on our own dear Runner’s World where women detail the annoying honking epidemic.
Regardless of the reasoning behind the honk, my experience is the “attention” is unwanted. I do not personally know of any woman who has expressed wanting to be honked at. Additionally, when it happens to me the first think I think or yell is “creeper” or “freak.” Real attractive guys. Yep.
What do you think of the honk? Annoying? No big deal?
For the Guys — Have you been honked at?
(I am trying to confirm this doesn’t only happen to women.)