Women's Issues

This Woman Secretly Filmed Endless Street Harassment, And Now I Need Something To Punch

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ten hours as a woman in nyIf you are women who has ever lived in New York City, this video will hit home for you. Filmed with a hidden camera, this perfectly normal woman filmed herself walking — just silently walking — through the streets wearing jeans and a t-shirt. As someone who grew up in Brooklyn, I can assure you that this is, in fact, an average day for a woman who lives there.

Of course, it’s not just New York City. Women everywhere have to deal with this crap on a daily basis. It is nerve-wracking, uncomfortable, aggravating, infuriating, and at times, terrifying. A woman shouldn’t have to fear passing a group of men in the middle of the day on a busy street. The fact that many men feel entitled to make comments to this woman is disgusting. The fact that most of them expect a favorable response is mind-boggling. There is this belief among many men that they should be thanked, and that women should be flattered for being paid a compliment. Well, the problem is that we aren’t out there looking for compliments and we don’t need them from a stranger on the street to make us feel good about ourselves. No one has the right t make pronouncements about our appearance just because we stepped outside that day. We’re just trying to get to work, for christ’s sake.

Watch this and see if you don’t get nervous, twitchy, and mad. Then go scream into a pillow and come back.