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Latinas On #MeToo…Give Me Fellatio at Jimmy Jazz

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Latinas On #MeToo…Give Me Fellatio at Jimmy Jazz

We met and he stated point blank with a grin on his face that if I wanted my job back I had to perform fellatio on a co-worker that stood right in front of us.

Growing up as a Latina, speaking about sex or any sexual-related issue was and at times still is very taboo. My mother never spoke to me about sex, men, relationships, or about how I should never allow anyone to disrespect my body. I didn’t know what sexual harassment was until well into my twenties.

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Had I known I may have taken action against the many transgressions I endured and accepted. One in particular (but not my first) occurred when I was 18 years old and working at Jimmy Jazz on Burnside Avenue in the Bronx. I was the only female employee in the store and often heard the guys make inappropriate comments about my body and other women who entered the store. One day I was laid off out the blue. I called my boss and asked why. He requested I meet him the next day to speak about it in person.

We met and he stated point blank with a grin on his face that if I wanted my job back I had to perform fellatio on a co-worker that stood right in front of us.

I was shocked and disgusted at the suggestion. I told him to keep his job and walked out.

I didn’t know this was sexual harassment, I thought it was the norm. After all, I have been catcalled and street harassed since the age of 12, when my body showed significant signs of womanhood. In high school, I had a classmate who always commented on my breasts; his comments led me to buy oversized clothing and to dress like a boy whenever possible.

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It’s common for women to feel as if we did or said something to wrong, like we wore the wrong outfit to merit this reaction from men. We try to make changes in our lives to avoid it, like walk on the side of the street with less men, wear headphones or, in my case, wear oversized clothing to hide my body as to not provoke and arouse a man who may be crazy enough to act inappropriately. As victims we always feel it is our fault. Society has conditioned us to continue believing as much. Believe me when I say it’s not. I’ve been there. #MeToo.

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