Walking can be a dangerous thing. The Hollaback foundation recently released a PSA to highlight how often women get harassed while walking down the street. The video, simply called “Ten Hours Of Walking In NYC As A Woman,” features 108 instances of harassment.
Emily May, executive director of Hollaback, told the NY Post: “I want people to see it and say, ‘Holy crap.’ All of these smaller comments add up, when you’re constantly bombarded throughout the day about how you look — it’s the sum of it all. We hope people walk away with an understanding about how it feels.”
The video features a woman walking down the street. As she does, she is bombarded with comments from strangers. She manages to blow off most of her cat callers but a few of the guys follow her down the street.
One person yells: “Hey girl, how you doing? Someone’s acknowledging you for being beautiful. You should say thank you.”
Check out the video below.
Some people have defended the video, saying that most of the guys are just trying to give her a compliment. But that isn’t how those comments are received.
Hollaback writes: “Street harassment is a form of sexual harassment that takes place in public spaces. At its core is a power dynamic that constantly reminds historically subordinated groups (women and LGBTQ folks, for example) of their vulnerability to assault in public spaces. Further, it reinforces the ubiquitous sexual objectification of these groups in everyday life.”