Can I just say how happy I am that this movement is spreading to Boston? I’m thankful to Miss Kate and her cohorts who have spearheaded the launch here!
I’ve already got an attempted mugging under my belt here in Boston (in Beacon Hill, no less), so I’m more aware in public places now that I have been before. I live in a great, historic neighborhood. The problem is that I’m the LAST street in the neighborhood before the freeway and live across from a halfway house/homeless shelter facility. It’s not really the residents that are the problem because their doors are locked at 8pm but rather, the unsavory elements that are hanging around outside at night and even during the day.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been catcalled or been the subject of unwanted comments since I moved here (particularly on said corner). At first, I tried to smile and say thank you when they were quasi-polite, but more often than not, that has led to more pointed comments that are offensive directly after that. Even when I’m just in a hoodie and jeans walking to the grocery store, some man will walk by and say, “nice figure, ma. blah blah blah.”
This isn’t my first rodeo. I know the difference between a sincere compliment and something else. That “something else” is blatant attempted sexual degradation.
I’m not inviting this type of behavior and it’s really started to grate on my nerves. I don’t honestly even know what to do about it. But, I wish for once, that some of these men could walk in our shoes for the day. For instance, Friday night I have our school’s Christmas party and I want to get dressed up. The club is easily within walking distance, but I’ll have to get a cab because when I’m dressed up, I feel even more on edge around here. I hate it.
So, I’m thankful to finally have an outlet in the hollaback movement. In fact, you may remember seeing this video via hollaback making the rounds awhile ago on the news and social media. The campaign is spreading to large cities all over the world and is based in empowerment through social media, education, and sharing stories of street harassment. It’s bullshit that this has to be an element of a women’s daily life, but at least now, I have a place to share that frustration and learn about better protecting myself.
kateziegler: via hollabackboston: Sharing is Caring