It's hard to fathom why guys think they have the right to comment (loudly!) on women's bodies on the street. One woman is holding a mirror up to this ignorant behavior, with video clips that show just how prevalent street harassment is.
Cards Against Harassment is the brainchild of "Lindsey," an anonymous Minneapolis woman fighting back against comments tossed so regularly at women on the street.
"The street harassment my friends and I encounter tends to take the form of brief but frustrating interactions: comments made just as men pass by on the street, over so quickly you rarely have a chance to respond. Just as frustrating as the harassment itself is the feeling of powerlessness that comes with not having had a chance to defend yourself or convey how the harassment affects you."
Ladies, you know exactly what she's talking about. And guys, just ask any woman; this happens all. the. time.
Lindsey developed card women can hand out to street harassers that exposes their behavior for what it is: inappropriate and unwelcome.
Naturally, the haters started hitting back almost immediately. All of the usual insults were there against Lindsey's sexual, threats to hurt her, accusations of being a man-hater (see her FAQ for an excellent takedown.) But with every video and tweet, she shows how street harassment hits at women.
New vid today. After I handed him a card he mentioned his 6 sisters & admits he wouldn't like it for them. Progress! http://t.co/vN66AOPimG— CardsAgstHrsmt (@CardsAgstHrsmt) July 22, 2014
There are 2 kinds of ppl in this world: men who refer to women on a 1-10 scale as if it's a noun, and people who are not the absolute worst.— CardsAgstHrsmt (@CardsAgstHrsmt) July 21, 2014
YouTube removed one of the vids for "sexually explicit cont." As in, something said on the street was too inappropriate for the internet. XD— CardsAgstHrsmt (@CardsAgstHrsmt) July 21, 2014
Pro tip: if a guy ever refers to a woman's "stock" and she is not a farmer or investor, he is a fetid pile of junk. pic.twitter.com/j7Bqiu4wDN— CardsAgstHrsmt (@CardsAgstHrsmt) July 20, 2014
I want that guy to sit w/ his grandma & try to say w/ a straight face that a woman's inherent value is dictated by how perky her boobs are.— CardsAgstHrsmt (@CardsAgstHrsmt) July 20, 2014
Head over to Cards Against Harassment to print your own. And in the meantime, take a look through Lindsey's YouTube channel to see the kinds of men she's confronting.