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Walk Around NYC With This Woman And You’ll See How Prevalent Street Harassment Is


10.28.14 Prachi Gupta

While plenty of female comedians have helped other women process how fucked up and sexist street harassment is, this new video gives everyone a taste for how awful it feels.

The video is by Hollaback, an anti-street harassment initiative that encourages people to document street harassment as its happening, share it on their app, and, in doing so, participate in a nationwide conversation about sexism in public spaces.

The edited clip shows just a few of the 100+ catcalls directed at a woman walking through New York for 10 hours. This doesn’t include the numerous winks and whistles aimed at her way. What this video demonstrates so well (and what all women in our society eventually learn) is that this form of objectification is a daily, even hourly, occurrence. It’s a part of every woman’s reality. It is unsolicited and unwelcome. Yet the catcallers, generally men, think they’re doling out compliments. One jerk even says to the woman, “Somebody’s acknowledging you for being beautiful, you should say thank you more!”