FUCK YOU if you think that street harassment is a “compliment” or “no big deal” or that it’s “irrational” of us to be afraid because “what’s actually gonna happen.” Fuck you, fuck you, fuck you some more.
This is terrorism.
Every time someone catcalls me from the street, I think, “Please don’t follow me. Please don’t follow me.” Every time someone shouts out their car window at me as they drive by, I think, “Please don’t stop. Please don’t turn around.” Because the thing is, I’ve had men follow me. I’ve had men pull their cars off the road. Just a few weeks ago, I had a carload of young men pull over in front of my house while I was working in my yard just to yell at me and laugh at my obvious discomfort. It wasn’t flattering. It was terrifying.
In some cases, the harassment was just from clueless overly aggressive guys who had no intention of harming me. They clearly felt like they were entitled to my attention by virtue of existing, despite the obvious fact that I was not interested, but eventually with enough mentions of boyfriends (real or imaginary), they buggered off. (Funny how they’ll go away because they think another man—even a fake one—would want them to, but won’t when it’s just the woman herself who wants them to get lost.)
Other times, though, like when the guys stopped their car in front of my house, the intention was obviously to intimidate me. To demonstrate their own power. They knew they could have gotten out of their car and done something to me, even if I was in my own yard just a few feet from my own house, and they wanted me to know that, too. And that’s not the first time I’ve experienced that sort of harassment and unfortunately will probably not be the last.
I’ve reblogged before, but I’ll always reblog it when I see it so that there is that much more chance that a man will see this and for once realize being catcalled is TERRIFYING and this is why.(via twofish)
*gasp* Friend is lonely?
on my way friend… woah wait…yes
I dance to maek you happy
did friend like dance?
I shall battle the sadness!
friend isso pretty, she shouldnt feel sad or lonely
lots of people love friend! shes funny
I give huggles to friend
when friend is happy, we are happy
remember to smile okay? Smile as you read this!
you are not alone friend. I am here. Be happy.
i just want to send this to all my friends