A Gentleman’s Guide to Street Harassment

What’s up, Ladies?  Being a woman, as statistically most of you are, you’ve been street harassed, and you probably didn’t like it.  But this is Major News to the minority 49% of the population of the world (also known as “that guy who shouted that inappropriate thing at me”), so do me a favour.  Find a guy.  Any cisgendered straight white male will do.  Bonus points if he’s just walked uncomfortably close to you to belch  “BeAuTiFuL” in your ear.  And hand this to him.

And now I’m talking to the guys – HI GUYS!  Though you may not in fact be shouting something creepily invasive under a thin veneer of compliment at a woman this very minute, we understand you have a hard time believing us when we tell you that this actually happens…  so we brought hidden camera evidence!!!

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWEKD493IxY]

CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT!  Men hitting on other people’s girlfriends!  Don’t they realize those women are already the property of some other man?!  How rude!  Honestly!  That is so disrespectful…to their boyfriends! 

But, you ask, what about women who don’t have boyfriends?  Can we harass them?  And for a while we thought, Yeah, of course, sure, why not?  It’s not like any man gives a crap who harasses a single lady…

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ud3DLjREV34]

Oh damn!  Those walking objects you just can’t help but comment on as they enter your field of vision have fathers!  Almost like a human person!  Fathers who, as we see in the video, will kick yer ass if you cross the line with their daughters!  Whoops!  That’s out!

But with all these restrictions on who you can and cannot harass, who’s left?  Surely there must be someone out there who we can hurl body policing in the guise of compliments at with reckless abandon?

YESSS.  Hey Red, love those curls.  Nice dog!  Where ya goin?  Don’t walk away from me!  I’ll show you some Hard Knock, huh huh!  You just gonna ignore me, Red?  Well, you’re gonna die, bitch, all alone, just like you were born, cuz I don’t see a ring on that finger and your parents are dead!  So, can I get your number?

One response to “A Gentleman’s Guide to Street Harassment”

  1. lol love your sarcasm. I like the videos only because I think they have the potential for these guys to start viewing this problem as a REAL PROBLEM, and so they may actually start talking to other dudes about it, so addressing the real problem – the dudes. I think the more men voice their opinions about it, then fewer will be inclined to catcall. It's not that it's totally right, but I also think that many guys who do this kind of thing are pretty much doing it because they've seen other guys do it from a young age, and they've been encouraged by other guys, and it makes them feel more "in the guy club" – albeit probably unconsciously.

    But if more and more guys stop acting like that's cool or even start condemning it, it could really start solving the problem.

    It should be enough for women to say they don't like it, but the thing is I don't think they behave this way FOR women. They continue as long as they think other guys expect it/think it's cool or funny or whatever.

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