GRRRL POWER | down on the street
end of November, after a concert, approx. 40 mins after midnight:
'How are you getting home?'
'By train, and then I have to walk home from the station. Not the safest thing to do in this region, eh.'
'Do you get hassled a lot?'
'Yeah, I do.'
I seriously do.
I have been followed by a car for 5 times.
I have been followed by a cyclist once.
I have been honked at for countless times.
I have been asked 'How much' for probably 10 times.
I have been touched by random men many times.
I have been forced to move somewhere else on a concert because of guys trying to feel my bum.
I have been forced to cross the street because of being catcalled.
I have used my pepper spray once to scare the potential offenders off.
I have been called nasty names and asked if I would have had sex with random men.
I have punched a guy because of his inappropriate behaviour.
Sometimes I feel like there is something inside of me that makes men want to hurt me, either sexually or causing me pain in general. I feel scared a lot.
STREET HARASSMENT IS A REAL THING.
And it is so utterly wrong and sad and disgusting. NO ONE SHOULD EVER BE WALKING DOWN THE STREETS WITH THE FEAR OF BEING HURT.
And no, no woman, not a single one, is ever asking for it. Who would be voluntarily asking for being reduced to a sexual object without any power its own body / decisions? Explain, please.
Posted by Anna at 6:48 pm