It`s funny how men shout “hey beautiful” or “smile more” to women from construction sites and fire escapes and then expect them to take these words as a compliment.
But, one perfect tweet from author Kate Harding seems to sum up the answer and offer a short and snappy explanation to the whole situation.
Back in 2008, there was an informal online survey conducted by Stop Street Harassment in which 87% of the female respondents clearly stated that they were a target of inappropriate sexist comment in public. Furthermore, 57% reported that they have been touched or grabbed by a stranger.
The truth is that both assault and catcalls are a form of sexual violence where the harassers believe they have access to women`s bodies. If a woman doesn’t say anything back, that automatically gives them the right to grab her. But, if she stands up for herself than she is either ugly or a bi**h.
One thing is for sure there is more than enough evidence to make eradicating street harassment a priority.