Hey, Baby! Can We Stop Street Harassment?
[How many times have you or your friends--or your daughter--confronted being hooted at or leered at by some sweet-talking guy in public? Or a pack of guys? Although statistics are hard to come by, it's hardly a foreign experience. The question is, what should we do about it? British blogger Sian and Crooked Rib has some thoughts and why we should take street harassment seriously. What do you think?--Mona]
Sometimes I understand why people (particularly men) think that street harassment is “a compliment if anything.” If someone yells “alright gorgeous” or “mmm beautiful” I can understand why people go “but he just thinks you look nice.” They don’t understand that it actually leaves you feeling exposed, objectified, threatened. They don’t understand that you feel like your personal space, your self, has been invaded and violated. They don’t understand that it is an assertion of power (this street is mine and you are an object to be looked at or discarded) rather than a throwaway “compliment.”