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A woman after our own hearts! After enduring a rather violent episode of street harassment, Rachel speaks out about the need for male allies to stand beside us, and ways bystanders can get involved, even if they wait for the harasser to leave before getting involved. We’re sorry you had to experience that harassment, Rachel, but thank you so much for contributing to the discourse about street harassment, and what we need to do about the current permissible culture surrounding street harassment and violence against women.
An excerpt is below, but the entire post is more than worth the read (and, a share if you are as compelled as we were)!
Women can’t fix this alone. We can get angry, we can defend ourselves. But if the problem is a category of men who at their core believe that we are not equal- to the point where they freely victimize us on the street- how can we expect to reason with them? How can we expect them to take us seriously? Believe me, it’s slightly difficult for me to concede to this as a liberal, feminist woman, but we aren’t going to accomplish anything without men on our side helping us. You don’t even have to campaign or crusade with us. You just have to stop being passive.
Sexual harassment against women is a man’s issue, much more than it’s a woman’s. A woman didn’t harass me. A man did. And other men watched.
So please, men. Good, secure men. Help us with this. Because it’s 2012 and this is getting exhausting.
…Let them know that what just happened was wrong. Ask them if they are okay. Talk to your friends about what you witnessed. Simple actions are significant.
Until men challenge each other, and the ways they define masculinity, gender-based violence advocates will be fighting a significantly more difficult battle than if we all stood together. Stand beside your sisters, daughters, friends, mothers – help us create a world where we are as free as you are to walk outside without being belittled and objectified and violated just because of our genders.
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