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Tue Oct 28, 2014, 07:47 PM

Woman walks around New York for a day, is catcalled more than 100 times

Street harassment is a real occurrence that affects real women on a daily basis. It is characterized by a variety of behaviors — whistles, winks, “hey babys,” “bless you mamas,” stares that last too long. It is uncomfortable for many people, and overwhelmingly happens without invitation and despite efforts to dismiss it. In case you don’t believe any of the things I’ve just written, here’s some substantiating evidence.

Hollaback, an organization dedicated to eliminating street harassment, partnered with creative director Rob Bliss to produce a PSA about the realities of catcalling. Shoshana B. Roberts, a New York-based actress, volunteered to walk around Manhattan for 10 hours while Bliss walked in front of her with a GoPro camera attached to his backpack to capture her trip. Roberts carried a microphone in each of her hands, recording the seemingly infinite comments men made to her while she walked silently around the city.
The clip is just under two minutes long, but the number of comments is astonishing. Hollaback estimates Roberts received more than 100 unsolicited advances over the course of the walk. At one point, a man comes up next to her and walks close by her side for five straight minutes. She presses on, and it is clear from the look of discomfort on Roberts’ face that she is not acting.

Watch the PSA, via Hollback, below:

http://www.salon.com/2014/10/28/woman_walks_around_new_york_for_a_day_is_catcalled_more_than_100_times/

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ismnotwasm Oct 2014 OP
seabeyond Oct 2014 #1
Politicalboi Oct 2014 #2
ismnotwasm Oct 2014 #3
Politicalboi Oct 2014 #5
nomorenomore08 Oct 2014 #7
Dr. Strange Oct 2014 #9
Maedhros Oct 2014 #4
ismnotwasm Oct 2014 #6
NutmegYankee Oct 2014 #8
Name removed Oct 2014 #10

Response to ismnotwasm (Original post)

Tue Oct 28, 2014, 07:53 PM

1. wow. she must be feeling really really good about herself, with ALL those compliments.

 

sounds interesting. will read later. dinner time. thanks ism.

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Response to ismnotwasm (Original post)

Tue Oct 28, 2014, 08:00 PM

2. How does donating help this

 

How does one stop what men feel they're entitled to do. I hate to say free speech, but it is. It's a shame this still goes on, and it will take YEARS to turn this around if it ever does.

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Response to Politicalboi (Reply #2)

Tue Oct 28, 2014, 08:06 PM

3. You keep hollering about it

You keep it up front. Donating or not isn't the issue so much as keeping it real-- especially for the girl child being born right now

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Response to ismnotwasm (Reply #3)

Tue Oct 28, 2014, 08:14 PM

5. I know

 

It has to start at home, and in school. I know it's wrong what they're doing, and I would like to see it stopped too. Shaming these men is hard when they don't have any shame.

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Response to Politicalboi (Reply #5)

Tue Oct 28, 2014, 11:37 PM

7. "Shaming these men is hard when they don't have any shame."

Sadly, I think you're absolutely right about that.

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Response to Politicalboi (Reply #5)

Wed Oct 29, 2014, 08:34 PM

9. Shaming is also hard when their faces are blurred.

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Response to ismnotwasm (Original post)

Tue Oct 28, 2014, 08:13 PM

4. This must be a regional behavior.

 

I don't think I've ever witnessed a woman being catcalled in Portland.

Good on Ms. Roberts for doing something constructive about it.

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Response to Maedhros (Reply #4)

Tue Oct 28, 2014, 08:26 PM

6. Seattle is pretty mellow too

But it happens often enough

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Response to ismnotwasm (Original post)

Wed Oct 29, 2014, 07:44 PM

8. Woman receives rape threats after recording 10 hours of harassment in New York

An actor who recorded 10 hours of catcalls and remarks from passersby in New York City has received rape threats in response to a video detailing the harassment, the advocacy group that commissioned the video said on Tuesday.

In a two-minute video, actor Shoshana B Roberts was told to smile, told, “Somebody is acknowledging you for being beautiful – you should say thank you,” and comments were made about her clothes and appearance.

At one point in the video, which has been viewed nearly 5m times in fewer than 24 hours, a man walked alongside her silently for five minutes.

Another followed her, while offering to give her his number.
http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/woman-receives-rape-threats-after-recording-10-hours-of-harassment-in-new-york/ar-BBbTnFO?ocid=iehp


Our society sucks.

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