What do you get out of hollering?

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I was minding my damn business when some a care pulled up to me with two men inside. They started hissing and calling at me.

Was I supposed to drop my panties right there?

The next morning, two blocks away, some guy on a bike trys to holla at me as he’s riding. “Hey Shorty!”

Was I supposed to climb on the bike with him?

I just be so confused as to what men get out of hollering at women on the street and making them feel like crap.

Location: 8th & R St NW

Submitted by NL

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2 Responses

  1. Golden Silence
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    I just am so confused as to what men get out of hollering at women on the street and making them feel like crap.

    I wonder too what goes on in their minds when they harass us. I just don’t get it.

    I tried using Martha Langelan’s harassment confrontation surveys one day on a few of my harassers, and some of them get defensive while others try to come up with creative ways to justify their reasons for doing it. No matter what the real reasons are for harassers bothering us, it just makes no sense.

  2. Mazzie
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    I don’t give them credit for being forward thinking enough to have a purpose or intended result. They just know, because they have been taught in many ways their entire life, that they are entitled to women. Entitled to access to them, entitled to voice their opinions about the way women dress, look, move. It hasn’t been that long since we were handed, as property, from our fathers to our husbands — a practice ritualized in wedding ceremonies with the father giving the bride away. It’s a reminder that our bodies are not our own, a notion reinforced by sexual violence and the “pro-life” movement.

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