Every girl has been harassed in public. You’re waiting for the train, walking down the street,or waiting in line when you notice a man staring at you. He’s either looking you up and down or just staring so you’ll know he notices you. You don’t want to cause a scene and certainly don’t want him to approach you, so you simply frown and look away. Despite this maybe he smiles, calls you sweetheart, or even touches you. He has suddenly violated your personal space without an invitation.
I’ve been caught in these uncomfortable situations many times. My standard reaction has always been the wrong one. I’ll politely smile, nod my head and engage in small talk. But I am frustrated with these ineffective methods that place responsibility on the woman. I’m tired of strange men thinking they can call me baby and ask for my phone number.
The below video, titled “Objectified,” by Tiye Rose Hood contains further stories about women reacting the same way I do to harassment.
According to a study by Stopstreetharrassment. org over 99 percent of women have experienced some form of street harassment.This includes:
- vulgar gestures
Hopefully this blog can find ways to defend against these encounters without resorting to pulling out a knife or can of mace.