Standing Up to Street Harassers, Part 3

Here are a few stories about resisting street harassment:

1) In 2012, a white woman in Seattle, Washington, was harassed by a black man who shouted, “Hey, baby! Hey, baby!” at her as she walked down a street. When she ignored him, he followed her and shouted, “Hey, what’s wrong with you, you prejudiced? You’re prejudiced, aren’t you….” She turned and said, “Yes, I’m prejudiced.” He looked shocked, and she continued, “I’m prejudiced against men who stand on street corners shouting at women!” The black man thought a moment and replied as he walked away, “I’m going to think about what you just said.”

2) In 2012, HD of Melbourne, Australia, was harassed by a construction worker who looked her up and down and told that she was hot. Loudly, she replied, “I don’t know who you are. We’re not friends.” And kept on walking. Occasionally, she intervenes when she sees men ogling women on public transport: “I have also been known several times, to intervene when it becomes obvious people are trying to ‘covertly’ ogle using their camera phones on public transport. I will move from wherever I am and position myself very obviously between the perpetrator and the victim. It helps if I carry a big handbag or a broadsheet newspaper — anything big and clunky can be advantageous in this case!”

3) Dawn Foster, who is a Welsh exile who lives in London, England, and writes for the Guardian, shouts at street harassers. When a man groped her as she walking to a bus stop, she shouted at him, “HOW DARE YOU GROPE ME, YOU DISGUSTING MAN!” Another man (a non-groping ally) then shouted at the man, “WHAT ARE YOU DOING? HOW WOULD YOU FEEL IF IT WAS YOUR SISTER?” She added, “My reflex action is to loudly call them names, and shout about what they’ve done. ‘YOU PIG, HOW DARE YOU GROPE ME!’ shouted in a tube carriage usually leaves the over-entitled perve beetroot red as eyes bore into him. And the look of shock when you answer back often counters the anger and embarrassment you feel at being subjected to this crap yet again. Strolling to the station the other day, I clocked a bloke walking towards me slap the backside of a nearby woman. I shouted ‘WHAT A DICK!’ at him, and he looked terrified. The woman smiled at me and looked a bit less shocked. Hopefully I ruined his night.”

For More Information: Holly Kearl, “16 Memorable Stories of Standing Up Against Street Harassment 2012.” The Pixel Project.” 2 December 2012

http://tinyurl.com/kaazxwo

For More Information: Anonymous. “I’M PREJUDICED AGAINST MEN WHO STAND ON STREET CORNERS SHOUTING AT WOMEN!” Stopstreetharrassment.org. 21 June 2012

http://www.stopstreetharassment.org/2012/06/im-prejudiced/

For More Information: HD, “I KNOW HOW IT FEELS TO HAVE MY SAFETY AND MY RIGHTS COMPROMISED.” Stopstreetharrassment.org. 8 June 2012

http://www.stopstreetharassment.org/2012/06/melbourne/

For More Information: Dawn Foster, “Why I Shout At Street Harassers.” The Flick. WordPress. 6 September 2012

http://the-flick.com/wordpress/2012/09/1436/

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