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You're walking down the street, minding your own business, when a hungry-looking man jeers and lurches towards you: Is he a zombie, or a catcaller? Sometimes it's hard to tell.  At least, so suggest the teenage painters of a new mural in Bed-Stuy, titled "Respect is the Strongest Compliment." It uses a scene like something from Night of the Living Dead as a visual metaphor for how it feels to be a woman who's constantly harassed on the street. Painted by 20 young women,...
New York City's catcallers can get away with a lot, but a new community group based in Bed-Stuy seeks to confront them and their casual harassment. The Brooklyn Movement Center, a community organization dedicated to bringing "together residents of Bed-Stuy and Crown Heights to identify issues of importance," has formed a bicycle group that will patrol neighborhood streets with the intent of tackling street harassment, DNAinfo reports.  Catcalling is prevalent in NYC but also across the country. A...
Yesterday, a video went viral on the Internet. The video was of a woman, Shoshana Roberts, who spent the day walking through Manhattan, during which time she experienced over 100 instances of catcalling. Released by the anti-street harassment start-up Hollaback!, the video was the idea of Rob Bliss, of Rob Bliss Creative, who "was inspired by his girlfriend—who gets street harassed all the time " to make the PSA. Watch the video. See if...
Catcalling, or as it's more accurately termed, street harassment, is one of those problems that some people still simply refuse to acknowledge exists. What's the problem with people complimenting you on the street? The chorus goes as follows: You should be flattered. You should be happy. You should smile and say hello. You should ignore it. But as this video by actress Shoshana Roberts, who spent ten hours walking around New York in silence while...