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Demanding respect: It’s an everyday job

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“Hey. Hey, you.”

I looked up. “Yes?”

“What’s your name?”

I fumbled with my earbuds and quickly looked around. Broad daylight, a few people nearby also waiting for the bus. My ride was scheduled to arrive in less than four minutes. “Goeun.”

“Joann?”

I kept thinking to myself, please don’t talk to me please don’t talk to me please don’t talk to me—“Yeah.” Now leave me alone.

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