Street Harassment: Link Leftovers
While writing my recent rant against the men who harass me every day here in our little Brazilian beach town I did a lot of research on street harassment, digging up fun links and photos. A lot of those didn’t make it into the post though, so I wanted to share my favorites in a separate piece, just for funsies.
For a great list of “Assertive Responses” to street harassment from StopStreetHarassment.com click here. Some of my favorite suggestions are:
2. Tell them exactly what you want. Say, for example, “move away from me,” “stop touching me,” or “go stand over there.”
9. Ask a Socratic question such as, “That’s so interesting – can you explain why you think you can put your hand on my leg?”
11. Buy a notebook and write in bold letters on the cover “Street Harassment.” Take out the notebook when you are harassed and ask the harasser to repeat himself so you can write it down. Make a big show of asking for the date, time, checking the place you are at, etc. If they ask why you’re writing things down, you can say you are keeping a record of harassment.
12. Tell the harasser that you are conducting a street harassment research project or survey. Take out a notebook and start asking them questions such as, “How often do you do this?” or “How do you choose which people to harass?” or “Are you more likely to do this when you are alone or when you’re with other people,” or “Do you discuss people you harass with your mother, sister, or female friends?”
Hollaback, the organization of US fame, has launched websites for chapters all around the world. Check out Argentina Hollaback, Istanbul Hollaback and more. If I was going to be in Brazil much longer, I would start a chapter here!
And lastly, three images that made me laugh (here) made me think (here) and made me want to hold a sign like this (here).