Dear Ben Schwartz,
I am so, so sorry for the injuries you incurred to your face, neck, and back after a catcaller stabbed you when you approached him to ask him to stop harassing your girlfriend. That is monstrous. It just goes to show that catcalling really isn’t “just a compliment” or a man “just being friendly”: It’s a form of aggression that is expressed verbally and physically both toward women who catcallers feel entitled to and men who get in the way of that entitlement. Keep reading »
After that NYC catcalling video went viral online, some men (not all men!) were upset, not because they were trying to defend their right to shout “nice tits” at a random woman, but because even non-sexual comments were being defined as harassment. For instance, Michael Che, co-host of “Saturday Night Live”’s Weekend Update, wrote on Facebook, “I want to apologize to all the women I’ve harassed with statements like ‘hi’ or ‘have a nice day.’” Keep reading »
Can this video be my life? This is awesome. The New Zealand Herald hired model Nicola Simpson to recreate the Hollaback street harassment video by walking around Auckland for 10 hours and filming it.
The result? Well, nothing. The time went by and Simpson was left, by and large, to go about her business. One man made a serious, concerted effort to talk to her in order to tell her she looked nice (and also ask her if she was Italian) and then apologized for stopping her, and another asked her for directions. That’s it. Keep reading »