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  • 10.28.14

Watch This Video About What It’s Like To Walk Around While Female

Ten hours of walking around New York City, compressed into two minutes of terribleness.

Watch This Video About What It’s Like To Walk Around While Female

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“Mmm, sexy.” “Give me a smile!” “I want to do [X,Y, ridiculous, terrible, gross things] to your body.” “You got a boyfriend?” *weird, leering smile* “I love you.” *lip smacking sounds*

If you’re a woman and have ever stepped out in public in New York City, these are probably reactions you receive at least once a week, if not every day. The cornucopia of verbal abuse and violating gestures has no end. According to a study released by Stop Street Harassment earlier this year, some 65% of women in the United States have experienced something like this at least once.


But it’s hard to understand what that’s like if it never happens to you. That’s why anti-street harassment group Hollaback created a video of what happens to a young woman who has the gall to go outside and walk down the street. She’s wearing jeans and a t-shirt. (Not that it actually matters what a person wears.)

So watch what happens to her over the course of a mere 10 hours. It’s probably something everyone should see.

About the author

Sydney Brownstone is a Seattle-based former staff writer at Co.Exist. She lives in a Brooklyn apartment with windows that don’t quite open, and covers environment, health, and data.

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