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Woman Harassed: NYC Streets Full of Catcalls, Leering (Video)

By    |   Wednesday, 29 October 2014 07:10 AM

A New York City woman was harassed over 100 times in 10 hours of walking the streets of NYC, an undercover Hollaback! video revealed.

"Hey baby," "Smile," and "God bless you, Mami," were just some of the things Shoshana Roberts, 24, heard after donning a simple crewneck t-shirt and jeans for a walk around Manhattan.

The non-profit Hollaback!, dedicated to ending street harassment, said that the 10 catcalls an hour didn't include dozens of whistles and winks, but did include "Hello," "How are you this morning," and "Have a nice evening."

"I’m harassed when I smile and I’m harassed when I don’t," Roberts told NBC News. "Not a day goes by when I don’t experience this."

According to Hollaback!, everyone's experience of street harassment obviously differs, but impacts some more consistently than others.

"Street harassment disproportionately impacts women, people of color, LGBTQ [lesbian, gay, bi, trans] individuals, and young people," the organization wrote in a blog post accompanying the video.

"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."

The Washington Post noted that another group, Stop Street Harassment, found that two-thirds of women out of 2,000 polled nationally had experienced street harassment. Of those, nearly a quarter had been physically touched by their harasser, and one in five were followed.

While it appears most women don't enjoy being catcalled, some women take it as a compliment.

"When I know I’m looking good, I brazenly walk past a construction site, anticipating that whistle and 'Hey, mama!' catcall. Works every time – my ego and I can’t fit through the door!" Doree Lewak wrote in the New York Post. Lewak does acknowledge that she is likely in the minority of women, however, writing, "I realize most women with healthy self-confidence don’t court unwanted male attention. In fact, most women seem to hate it."

Statistics about the types of environments women are most catcalled in are dubious, but there seems to be a general acknowledgement that it happens in urban environments where people walk more often than drive. Also unclear are statistics concerning the type of men most likely to catcall.

A writer at SingleBlackMale.org stated in a blog post about street harassment that many women interviewed pointed out young black men as the most frequent catcallers.

"Most women I spoke with were careful to say that it was not only black men that had harassed them or generally tried to pursue them in less than respectful manner in their lifetimes, but they were clear to point out that if disrespect or harassment did occur, it was far more likely to occur at the hands (or mouths) of black men," the author wrote.

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