Dear Abby: My teen was upset by this stranger’s comments, and I didn’t know what to say

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Dear Abby: My teen was upset by this stranger’s comments, and I didn’t know what to say

DEAR ABBY: My confident 17-year-old daughter had an uncomfortable experience today, and when she shared it, I didn’t have answers for her.

Jeanne Phillips 

She was waiting outside a takeout place when she was approached by a grandfatherly man. He started chatting with her about her shoes, but proceeded to stare at her legs. He then loudly announced, “I may be 80 years old, but I can appreciate a great pair of legs!”

She understands that there are generational differences and that he may have intended it as a compliment, but the blatant staring made her feel objectified, uncomfortable and unsafe. It also made her question her (very appropriate for a teenager) outfit.

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