Friday, October 31, 2014
10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Woman
This video resonated with me secondhand. I'm a straight male, but sometimes when I'm walking downtown I'll seemingly set off a false alert on someone's gaydar. It doesn't happen often, but it makes me uncomfortable enough that I can sympathize with Ms. Roberts in the video.
On the other hand, for perspective, let her try her walk through a haredi Jewish neighborhood in Jerusalem, and she might get stones thrown at her. Let her try it in Khandahar, and she might get acid splashed in her face. So, while I acknowledge that this street harassment is very annoying and unwelcome, it is also very much a First World Problem.