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Watch: On Street Verbal Harassment


by IMAGE
29th Oct 2014

woman walking on NYC street

It might not be quite as bad in Ireland, but cat calls and other forms of verbal harassment are often par for the course when you walk down a busy city street. Especially in NYC, as the following confirms.

As a social experiment to prove just how bad it can be for a woman minding her own business as she moves from A to B, as well as to put an end to this kind of behaviour through education, this attractive, curly haired lady had 10 hours of silent walking filmed with a hidden camera, recording over 100+ counts of verbal harassment on her journey, excluding the usual smattering of winks and wolf whistles.

Such on street behaviour is not complimentary, it’s not flattering and it’s not funny; it’s uncomfortable, it’s harassment and it’s not OK.

This video was the brainchild of the girl’s boyfriend, Rob Bliss, for ‘Hollaback!’ who sought to document the enormous impact that such an experience can have on a woman.

Via the Gothamist –

In August 2014, Rob Bliss of Rob Bliss Creative reached out to Hollaback! to partner on a PSA highlighting the impact of street harassment. He was inspired by his girlfriend?who gets street harassed all the time?and Shoshana B. Roberts volunteered to be the subject of his PSA. For 10 hours, Rob walked in front of Shoshana with a camera in his backpack, while Shoshana walked silently with two mics in her hands. Street harassment is a form of sexual harassment that takes place in public spaces. It exists on a spectrum including ?catcalling? or verbal harassment, stalking, groping, public masturbation, and assault. – It’s important to keep in mind that is this video only captures verbal harassment, and Rob and Shoshana can attest to the harassment overall falling evenly along race and class lines. While filming, Shoshana noted, ?I’m harassed when I smile and I’m harassed when I don’t. I’m harassed by white men, black men, latino men. Not a day goes by when I don’t experience this.?

Have you experienced anything to this effect in Ireland?