Watch This Woman Receive 100 Catcalls While Walking Around For A Day
Ten hours of walking around New York City, 100 catcalls and one huge problem.
Rob Bliss of Rob Bliss Creative makes viral videos for a living and decided to use his craft to shine a light on street harassment, a pervasive issue affecting females around the world. Partnering with actress Shoshana B. Roberts and Hollaback, a nonprofit movement launched by activists to end street harassment, Bliss packaged his production as a PSA and offers viewers a different perspective on the problem.
"I felt like no one had ever really shown what it's like to experience street harassment, more or less," Bliss told The Huffington Post. "No one has -- from a third-party perspective, on the outside looking in -- been able to step back and look at it and watch it happen in front of them."
During filming, Bliss attached a GoPro camera to his back with a chest strap; he wore a yellow backpack, sunglasses and earbuds to look unassuming while walking five to 10 feet ahead of Roberts, who held two microphones in her hands. The actress wore simple clothes for the shoot: jeans and a black, crew-neck T-shirt.
"It was completely intentional that she wore what she wore," Bliss said. "I wanted to fight back against the 'Oh, she's wearing blah blah blah.' I didn't want to give ammunition to anyone who may detract from this video. If she wanted to wear something that showed more skin, I definitely think that guys would have been louder and more vocal about this."
In 10 hours of walking, Roberts faced more than 100 instances of street harassment. Responses ranged from catcalls -- "beautiful," "sexy," "God bless you" -- to angry remarks.
"Somebody's acknowledging you for being beautiful. You should say thank you more," one man said.
"You don't wanna talk? Because I'm ugly? We can't be friends, nothing? You don't speak?" another persisted.
Multiple men walked with Roberts for extended periods of time. One remained silently at her side for five minutes.
"I was going in blind without expectations, especially as a guy," Bliss told HuffPost. "I was very surprised that we had so much interaction, some of it being as aggressive as it was, [like] the stalking that was involved repeatedly from different groups. That blew my mind. It made me sick to my stomach. I felt something I had never really felt before, almost feeling as if I were in her shoes. I didn't experience it personally, but I was in such close proximity to it."
Roberts was not immediately available for comment when contacted by HuffPost, but she told Hollaback, “I’m harassed when I smile and I’m harassed when I don’t. I’m harassed by white men, black men, Latino men. Not a day goes by when I don’t experience this.”
Hollback notes that Roberts' experience in the video is not uncommon:
Street harassment disproportionately impacts women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and young people. Although the degree to which Shoshana gets harassed is shocking -- the reality is that the harassment that people of color and LGBTQ individuals face is oftentimes more severe and more likely to escalate into violence. These forms of harassment are not just sexist -- but also racist and homophobic in nature.
Recently there have been stories of all races of men resulting to violence and murder of who've rejected their advances, recently there's a story about a woman being stabbed in the neck because she wouldn't entertain a man's advances...
And of course the other current stories I've posted here already. It's creepy and it's scary. Men have yet to understand that they are not entitled to women's bodies. It's going to take centuries to break down the structures of patriarchy, misogyny, and sexism. It took centuries to combat racism and homophobia now we need to work on this. Women shouldn't be carrying all of these things to avoid being murdered or violently attacked by men for not offering up their bodies. Men don't have to worry about a woman doing this to them, they can be as drunk and even walk around shirtless and women still won't even bat an eyelash. But a woman as in the video I'm about to show, can walk around in T-Shirt and jeans fully covered with only her face and arms showing and people still accuse her of "Asking for it" because how dare her body type arouse them through those dark washed clothes that show no skin. Jesus Christ I'm tired of this.
What's annoying are the people saying the other men were being nice. No, I've seen men and women walk past those same men in the video and she was their main target. How come none of them told other men "Hello, and God bless"? That's because they were interested in trying to chalk it up with other men to get something. They were interested in being acknowledged by another man as ownership. Come on now.
What's annoying are black women immediately resulting to the "It's racist" rhetoric regarding the video. No one cares about them showing only black men at the time. There were mostly African American and Latino men in that area she walked past. I'm sure if she went to a predominantly white area, which she probably did because she said that wasn't even the full experience, or a mainly white area she would have experienced similar ignorance. But I'm tired of black people turning things that affect black women into something about black men. They've studied street harassment and it was mentioned that WOMEN OF COLOR (especially black women) suffer it the most. Every time we put these disclaimers in the way of calling out behaviors black men help perpetuate that we stone white and non-black men for, we give black men the idea that it's okay for them to do it with the assumption we're letting white and non-black men do it. So they believe making them victims gives them a pass in doing these things.
I don't see us throwing disclaimers in there when we call out problematic black women talking about "White women do it too", we let sistas know it's them, it's their fault, and they need to fix it. The gavel is banged and the jury finalizes it. The black women defending black men against street harassment probably think it's cute when they say "Damn girl you fine" or "Damn that ass is fat" or "Hey slim sexy can I get that number" or "You got a man, if so I don't care" or "That hoe bad as fuck" or "I wouldn't pull out". Black women think lines like that are sexy coming from their ideal black male hunk. That's internalized misogyny and sexism. Despite the current stories about women being attacked or murdered for not accepting a man's advances and many of them black men. Some of the things I see reblogged by black women saying "Relationship goals" "This could be us but you playing" or "When bae doesn't do this or that" is quite disturbing.
None of that stuff is cute. Street harassment isn't cute. Street harassment from men is a sign of entitlement from a person who's likely to cause harm to you. It's scary. If these women being harassed were your daughter, I can't stress that enough, the same tune would not be sung. Matter of fact the same tune is never sung, men and women will lose their wig if a man came on to their daughters in a disrespectful way.
A sistas since we're always talking about "My husband, my brother, my nephew, my uncle, my father" when it comes to seeing them in every black man, how about you see your daughter in the women affected by street harassment.
However this is for all men. I know some of the people who read my blog as lurkers or even as readers don't agree with concept of feminism, but I'm a firm advocate for women's rights, freedom, and existence so I'm sorry dolls. But this is a message for all men, race aside. If you read the comments from white men under the YouTube video they sound like serial killers and it's scary. This woman received death threats btw. Let that sink in Anti-feminists/womanists. A woman was threatened with sodomy and death because how dare she demand to be treated like a human being. Feminism and womanism is not about hating men, if it were there'd wouldn't be a teaspoon of men who consider themselves feminists or womanists. Just like there are female misogynists. Most if not all feminists are married to men and have children and are wives and mothers.
That's not the point, the point is women fearing for their lives in a so called "Diverse free country" this is sad.