street harassers never say: "Hey Supergenius." | "I bet you have, like, 3 PhDs." | "I just want to fall in love & be happy." | "I love poetry." | "You look very serious about your career!" | "I would love to talk to you about third-wave feminism & the necessity of womanism." | "Can you believe this subprime mortgage crisis?" | "Are you gay? That's cool." | "I love Bell Hooks." | "Fuck the sexist assumption that women owe men attention!" | #paradigmshift #naturalbeauty
[rape culture] I like this. Not only does it put things into perspective for men, it reminds me that being used to the way things are doesn't mean that's the way things SHOULD be. "Women feel nervous walking around alone" is so ingrained that we don't even question it.
A Quick Guide to Addressing Street Harassment [click on this image to find a short clip and analysis of the discourse on street harassment in India]
Stop Street Harassment's website lists state laws on street harassment. If you're subject to unwanted attention or contact in public, know when you can call the police to report it. In PA, following/stalking women on the street is considered a crime, and so is verbal harassment. Very helpful to know, as someone who has experienced both.