there is an initiative out there called Hollaback that has the vision and commitment to ending street harassment. this experiment they did with a female walking the streets of nyc for 10 hours is very interesting and rather disturbing. over those 10 hours, she is hit on over 100 times. hollaback goes on to say that harassment is a very individual thing- it can be about race, sex, size, anything that makes one feel harassed. maybe this wouldn’t make some women feel harassed. either way, i think it’s indicative of the over-sexualization of our society and the tendency that women can have that much of their worth is based on whether or not men find them attractive. and for men, how much they have been trained up that it is ok to feast on women with their eyes. i don’t know if ending the street harassment will actually help alter the mindset that could lead to healing and safety regarding sex, the healing and safety that i believe could also affect trafficking, eating disorders, rape, pornography… but i applaud any effort that aims to address it.

megan garber for the atlantic wrote a very unbiased and intelligent article about it this week, i’ve included that link below.

‘Hey, Baby’: What It’s Like to Walk on the Street While Being Female

A video brings the logic of “ask me anything” to the experience of women’s commutes.

If you type the phrase “what’s it like to be” into Google, the search engine’s autocomplete feature will provide you with a helpful insight into humanity’s most burning questions about the experience of being someone else. The most popular wonderings, it seems, currently wonder what it’s like to be “rich.” And also “dead.” And also “famous” and “pregnant” and “a nurse.”

Google’s hivemind seems to be less curious about what it’s like to be female, presumably because that is an experience enjoyed by approximately one half of the population. For the other half, though, there’s the video above. It’s produced by the people from Hollaback, a campaign dedicated to ending street harassment, and it gives a sense of what it’s like when the “what it’s like” question is followed by “to be a woman.”


{words courtesy of theatlantic.com}

{photo & video courtesy of ihollaback.org}

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