I seriously agree. No, we do not have to feel grateful that a man chose to ogle us on the street. Although you weren’t traumatized, it clearly wasted your time. He felt entitled to that time . It’s not cool.
Depending on the situation, I usually give a monotone “thank you” as I hastily walk away, making it clear I will not give them the attention they’re seeking.
Thank you for sharing! Excellent piece.