People might have different and even clashing opinions about the things a country need to achieve in order to be able to call itself “civilized”, yet there’s no doubt in my mind that one of those requirements is that a girl, any given ordinary girl, could go to a place whose main purpose is to provide an open space for the public to work out and have a change of air without having to deal with harassment and stupidity pitched at her by some random jerks.
And since I like to think that we’re making progress in Jordan day by day towards being a more civilized country but obviously, aside from the honor killing and domestic violence which are being fought tooth and nail, I think we should also eliminate another wide-spread and extremely annoying phenomenon: Unbelievable idiocy on the streets. And let our slogan be: Guys, this is a girl that’s walking in the street, not a yeti, it’s perfectly normal, get used to it. And oh, hollering at her or piercing your exhaust pipe to create that incredibly noisy sound isn’t going to get you anywhere.
So, just today I went with a friend to sports city to do some cycling. I like it there because it’s a healthy environment. Everyone is walking, jogging working out or playing some kind of sport or just bringing there kids to play and have a sniff of fresh air. A very healthy environment, which made it extremely annoying to have 2 guys in a car acting all childish and stupid.
You see, we were cycling in a 30km/hr speed zone while these 2 guys for some reason decided to keep coming and going by on a speed that would be more fitting for a highway. It wasn’t only annoying it was dangerous, they almost hit my friend, not to mention all the kids that were scattered here and there, I’m telling you it’s not the best place to try and break the sound barrier! I don’t know what they were thinking but if they were trying to impress anyone it was an epic fail!
So, in a social responsibility/ civil duty/ good citizen moment we decided to do the responsible (actually vindictive) thing and report them to security. I memorized the license plate number and gave it to the security guard who made a call and it the next thing you know a police pick-up was on their tail.
I think it’s about time girls, and everyone for that matter, did something about this. It’s not only about you or me it’s about the culture as a whole, I hate to see this becoming a normal thing that everyone doesn’t think much of. Anyone who picks on a girl on the street should be reported and punished. And don’t go running to your brother so that they have a fight because guys actually enjoy fighting so this only makes it worse! And don’t go commando and start shouting on them, because in some sick way they enjoy seeing a girl all fired up and shouting at them.
Remember that this is bad for you, for other girls and for your country since foreigners deal with it too which is not a very nice experience to talk about back home.
Maybe of we all took [the right kind of] action against this we wouldn’t have to deal with it in a few years, in sha’a Allah.
So let our [other] slogan be: Together for a girl-friendly jerk-proof Jordan