No, I don't want to be approached.
To the guys who think it's okay to approach me, please don't.
No, I don't want to be followed until you muster up the courage to talk to me.
I also don't want to answer your questions about where I live and how old I am or what my ethnicity is.
While traveling abroad I knew I had to deal with guys staring or saying something and even at times following me. I never thought it would happen to me in the comfort of my hometown, though. My town is small and safe. I've walked home late at night without any worry. I'm starting to reconsider, however.
The guy kept making comments about how awkward our interaction is then commented that I was shy and didn't talk much. I just laughed and gave a small smile when he said that. To give you an actual vocal response, though, it's because I don't feel comfortable when older men come up to me on the street and start asking invasive questions like where I go to school and if I live around the area.
I don't understand why guys think it's okay to come up to a woman on the street and try to get to know her or her number or whatever it is they thought they could accomplish. We're just trying to get to our destination. If we had any intention of trying to get a boyfriend or find a date our first thought isn't to literally ask someone on the street.
Guys, I hope you realize when you approach us on the street and tell us we're attractive our first thought isn't happy or positive. Our first reaction is to be uncomfortable or afraid, because if you're willing to approach a stranger on the street like that, what else are you capable of?