How’d you like to get hit on, every six minutes, all day long?
So, tell the truth. Do you think a young woman should be able to walk on the streets of New York without getting continuous catcalls and wolf whistles and verbal harassment from the magnificent men of the Big Apple?
Of course you do. Of course you’re in for disappointment when I mention that a lady who tried this recently—with a video cam running—didn’t have any luck.
Vox.com reports that the woman, and a male accomplice who walked in front of her with a camera hidden in his backpack, trod the pavements of New York for 10 hours. See excerpts here.
The young woman was wearing jeans and a crew-neck T-shirt. She walked for 10 hours, staring straight ahead, without uttering a sound.
She recorded about 100 instances of verbal harassment from men of all kinds:
“How you doing, girl?”
“You don’t wanna talk?”
“If I give you my number, will you call me?”
“Damn, I just saw a thousand dollars!”
That is, roughly every six minutes, a man who was a complete stranger made a very public effort to invade her privacy, demean her and offer unwanted advances.
And that’s not counting the innumerable winks, whistles, gestures….
The whole thing stinks.
Copyright © Richard Carl Subber 2014