Action against sexism by Street Smart Girl:
Yesterday the medias reported 12 bizarre tips issued by a Kolkata police station. They basically burden women and victims with the responsibility of stopping street harassment, instead of targeting the perpetrators.
Ways to deal with Eve-teasing (police’s tips for women):
1. Dress decently.
2. Have emergency speed dial numbers in your phone.
3. Self defense.
4. Aware of people around you.
5. Avoid late nights.
6. Carry pepper spray.
7. Be well behaved.
8. Stay in groups.
9. Avoid travelling in crowded bus or train.
10. Avoid going in isolated places
11. Walk in well-lit and frequented areas.
12. Be street smart.
Dear cops, you have now removed them from your website. Why don’t you upload new tips targeting teenage boys and men, the usual perpetrators, for a change? Let me suggest my dozen tips:
Ways to deal with Eve-teasing (woman’s tips for men):
1. Act decently. Your attitude should send a positive message.
2. Have emergency speed dial numbers in your phone in case you witness eve-teasing.
3. Self control.
4. Respect people around you.
5. Avoid late night if you won’t control yourself.
6. Carry a smart phone and pin the creep if you witness any eve-teasing.
7. Be well behaved. Don’t harass others.
8. Stay in groups and encourage each other to behave.
9. Avoid travelling in crowded bus or train if you won’t control yourself.
10. Avoid going in isolated places so women can enjoy there safely.
11. Walk in well-lit and frequented areas so women will see you from far away.
12. Be street responsible.
Let’s STOP street harassment.
Action against sexism by A Student in Paris:
I was 19 or 20. On three occasions men spat on my face after I confronted their aggressive behaviour (towards me or others).
One was a young pickpocket, one a sexual predator and the last one an angry guy believing he was entitled to extra space in a compact crowd. Spitting on my face aimed at punishing me (and intimidating witnesses) because I quietly stood through their menacing speeches and glare.
They failed to silence me. I may have been scared but I hid my fear, because their violence revealed their narcissistic weaknesses. Violence is always an admission of failure.
I’m mentally stronger than violent men. And I’m getting stronger and stronger every day.
Action Against Sexism by Jess:
Three days ago on my way to work a man in his 40s or so whistled at me.
I stopped and said, “Excuse me?”
He seemed very shocked that I called him out and said, “Uh, you look good.”
All I could reply was, “You don’t whistle to women in public. It’s impolite.”
He wandered off obviously embarrassed. But all that day I was still so angry and wished I had reacted more strongly. I hate this. I kept thinking to myself all the things I could’ve said. Just because I am a young woman does it mean I solely exist for public consumption!
Yesterday I was again whistled at while leaving work.
Once again I said, “Don’t whistle at girls in public.”
The young man smiled at me and said, “why not? You’re good looking.”
This time I didn’t hold back and told him to Fuck Off.
It felt amazing.
Action Against Sexism by Sarah:
I was walking to the bus stop on my way to work after a doctors appointment and two men were moving furniture from a van parked on the road, to a house very close by. As I got closer they were stood in the front yard staring at me. They started making kissing noises and shouting hey sexy, the usual cr*p. I have never been able to ignore or tolerate this type of behaviour so I told them where to go. This really pissed them off, first off they started saying ‘what the fcuk is your problem’ then moved on to calling me a miserable bitch. I asked them if they thought it was intimidating to shout sexual things at a woman in the street and they just couldn’t understand what I was on about. I wish I had kept my cool but i was so angry I did become very verbally aggressive which I regret. Things escalated and they one guy actually wanted to hit me but the other held him back. As stupid as some people may think it to risk your safety on idiots like this, I will stand up for myself or others every time. I don’t think my actions will have changed these 2 mens attitude to women just maybe they will think before shouting something next time. If they always got that reaction then it wouldn’t be much fun for them!
Action Against Sexism by Wanderer:
Two guys riding a motorbike tried to snatch my bag while I was walking in the street. The pillion rider softly grabbed my handbag while the other accelerated. I instinctively hold on to it even though it didn’t contain any valuables. I had to run few steps, dragged by the speeding bikers, until they gave up and dropped the bag (and me: I brutally fell head first on the ground).
It went so fast all the bystanders but one thought I had been hit by the bike. Despite the concussion, I found myself with a feeling of satisfaction, having resisted the attack and retained my belonging…
Action Against Sexism by Feminist India:
Got cat-called by two guys on the road and they got called assholes. Yes, that’s how things are gonna work from now on, boys. And men who stand by and look at women being cat-called, SHAME ON YOU.
Action Against Sexism by Sosso:
Once upon a day, I was walking on the street normally dressed (should I even notice that ?!!). A man was standing some meters toward me, I could feel already his eyes on me, so I felt embarrassed. When I passed in front of him “you are such a charming lady, waow !” with his looking from up to down. I was ready, I stopped “no, I don’t accept that” (with a smile). He was so happy “come on if you stop, you like !“. I said “no it’s a lack of respect, imagine me when you walk watching your ass or boobs (because he had some) and whistling you ! You wouldn’t feel respected“… “It’s not same, you’re a woman“.. “Exactly, imagine I did that to you EVERY DAY !!!” And walked !