This woman walked through the streets of NYC for 10 hours to document what most women have to put up with whilst going about their business. Ladies, we’ve all been there right?
So School Me!
I’ve had this in many countries around the world…in different ways.
In Africa you get catcalls but mostly unblinking stares from one end of the street to the other. In London, similar to the video but slightly more restrained. In Scandinavia, polite questions. In Paris, stares and a few cat calls – but not a lot. NYC has to be the loudest and most opinionated about one’s shape, butt and what they would like to do with you as in the video and in LA you get stopped so men can tell you their resume and about the ads they’ve appeared in! (I’m only partly joking!)
Now I’m a pretty down to earth gal. You be polite to me and I’ll return it. I said hallo to whomever said hallo to me, (this did include women I should add). It only took a second to smile and nod and then move on.
Sometimes you would get a persistent pest and you’d have to duck into a shop if they did not get the message that the conversation was over. But should I have had to do this?
Occasionally a man / boy would get aggressive because I did not care to share my phone number with someone I had literally just met…
I have also been followed, not just for 5 minutes as in the video, but all the way home at 3am by some c**t who stopped me from going out again socially until I passed my driving test.
Should I be screaming harassment – or is this just an unfortunate fact of life?
Is the video showing a woman suffering harassment?
Fathers, would you like men to treat your daughters this way on the street and did you do this to other folks daughters?
Moms, is this serious enough for one of those ‘talks’ with your daughters and what street harassment have you experienced?
And does it really warrant a raising money for a non profit dedicated to fighting street harassment?!