Screen Shot 2014-10-28 at 5.03.00 PMStreet harassment is a serious matter. Unfortunately it’s something that girls and women have had to endure for generations. In past years it has been shrugged off as if it’s just ‘some ‘boys will be boys’ stuff, but recently women and various organizations have been stepping up and calling out men to stop harassing men on the street. Because you know it’s creepy, uncomfortable, and potentially dangerous to women’s safety.

Men (and some women) continue to disbelieve that it’s a problem. So, one woman is showing people what it’s like to endure street harassment in a single day. A young woman walked the streets of New York City for 10 hours and was hit on/harassed by 100 men. Yes, you read that correctly. 100.

According to Jezebel:

Hollaback is an initiative to raise awareness about and combat street harassment. They filmed a young woman clad in a simple black t-shirt and jeans—not that it really matters what she was wearing, but the idiots among us love using that to justify verbally and physically abusing women—walking through the streets of New York and captured the staggering amount of street harassment she was subjected to. Over the course of ten hours, Hollaback recorded over one hundred instances of verbal street harassment. They note that the harassment spanned a number of neighborhoods and people of all backgrounds.


And to be clear, all of it sucks, which we see in this video—from the seemingly innocuous, “Hey what’s up girl,” to the man who, after she ignored a “compliment” yelled: “Somebody’s acknowledging you for being beautiful. You should say thank you more.” Sir, fuck your compliment and fuck your entire existence on this planet.

It’s a shame that these kind of videos have to be made and publicized in order to get the point across. It’s a shame that men don’t realize that even when they say, “hey girl, smile” or “hey, beautiful” that first the woman might not want that kind of attention (even if you view it as a compliment) and second the woman is not obligated to respond to you in a favorable manner or any manner at all. It’s a shame this has to keep being stated and reiterated and drilled into folks’ heads. No, it’s not ok to yell at women on the street.

However, kudos to the women and organizations who continue to shine a light on this very important and disturbing issue. Maybe some day men will understand and will cease with the street harassment. And then they will teach their sons not to harass so that a new generation will of boys and men will treat women with respect as they walk down the street.

We can only hope.

Watch the video below.

Diana Veiga is a Spelman woman, a DC resident, and a freelance writer. Of course, she’s also on Twitter.

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  • I am confused I have known young professional women to say when they go out the brothers won’t make any moves, won’t hit on them and won’t ask them out so what’s it going to be y’all are confusing the young brother cause they don’t want to be accused of harassment what do you want? You can have it both ways so what’s it going to be.

    • 19xx

      But what about us poor men, how are we supposed to meet women? Boo hoo hoo.

  • joe

    Slate reported that the marketing company that created this video, Rob Bliss Creative, admitted to editing out white men who were catcalling her. Their explanation was that their was too much noise in the background when she was approached by them…….Sure.

    They real reason they were edited out is because street harassment is code for “aggressive black men” and showing the numerous white men who were engaging in this behavior would not assist that particular narrative.

    • Anthony

      If the producers edited out white abusers, they have been racist and dishonest in the extreme. That aside, as a black man, I am embarrassed that so many of my brothers act a fool over a thick white woman in tight jeans and snug t-shirt! In all honesty, she probably does have a nice looking booty, and she is obviously endowed up top, but she has got absolutely nothing so spectacular that I would feel compelled to clown upon the sight of her.

      We do not have to be such drooling slaves to the image of white women!

  • Guest

    All looking for their next baby mamas.

    Anyone who has time to stand or sit out on the street all day cat calling women is guaranteed to be broke and ignorant, that’s why most women (except the thirsty ones) don’t give them the time of day