Anti-Street Harassment activist, Holly Kearl (who wrote Stop Street Harassment: Making Public Spaces Safe and Welcoming for Women, Praeger 2010), announced that this Sunday, March 20, is the first annual International Anti-Street Harassment Day.
What is International Anti-Street Harassment Day? On StopStreetHarassment.com, it says:
Street harassment is something most women deal with year-round, but, without fail, each spring the warmer weather and longer daylight hours bring an increase in street harassment.
I’m all for friendly hellos and mutual, gender-neutral public interactions (that can lead to mutual flirting and hoookups), but spring street harassment is out of control. Spring festivals, Mardi Gras, Spring Break – these are all used as excuses for harassing women.
The catcalls, leering, groping, stalking, public masturbation, and anti-woman comments are demeaning. annoying, and sometimes threatening and scary.
Too often our stories and experiences with street harassment are silenced, dismissed as trivial annoyances, or portrayed as a compliment.
On March 20, break the silence, challenge the social acceptability, brainstorm community responses, and demand its end.
Amen! There are events happening not only in the U.S. but all over the GLOBE, so check out more info at StopStreetHarassment.com and don’t forgot to RSVP to the Facebook invite. Additionally, if there isn’t anything happening in your local area, Kearl lists a few ways in which you can fight against street harassment.
Here at GAB there will be a few posts by some of our contributing writers, so be sure to tune in this Sunday, March 20. Fight against street harassment!