Original Video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1XGPvbWn0A
CNN Interview – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-HI4DC18wCg
I already posted a video this week, but I found this video recently and wanted to share it with the class. This week, a video of a women getting catcalled went viral. The video was meant to portray what the average women goes through while walking in non-revealing clothes in New York City. This same video was used as a feminist mantra of how women are street harassed and the various ways in which this harassment can occur. Following the virality of this video, CNN hosted a live interview/debate in order to help express the opposing views of this issue.
The debate, I think, displays the polarization on the situation of street harassment. We, as a country, have already lived through a street harassment scandal this very year, and here is another. The question still remains, should women expect and accept this harassment, or should it become a taboo of society? I believe the latter. Some of the comments made in the video were a bit insane, especially the one about if a women doesn’t accept the comment to yell shut up and if that doesn’t work, then carry a gun. Those are the options a women has? I feel as if the topic of street harassment needs to talked about more often, especially with men and growing boys. As one of the interviewees said, it is about parenting, but that is still not right. Street harassment began and is perpetuated through culture.