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2014-11-02

Unwanted attention, cat calling and misogyny


UNWANTED ATTENTION #1: NEW YORK
One day in August the actress Shoshana B. Roberts walked around New York for 10 hours. She was carrying microphones and was at the same secretly filmed by the editor Rob Bliss. (UPDATE: It turns out most of the footage is from Harlem.)

Together they recorded hundreds of men trying to "cat call" her and giving her unwanted attention. In the video Roberts has a neutral facial expression, a dismissive body posture and never replies to any of the men talking to her.

Check out the video and also read the YouTube comments:



UNWANTED ATTENTION #2: EGYPT
Also check out this similar project from Egypt. Colette Ghunim secretly films men staring at her as she crosses a popular bridge in Cairo, and plays the recordng in slow motion to show how intruding the sexual attention is.


And here is their video:



UNWANTED ATTENTION #3: NEW YORK (AGAIN)
Jessica Williams from The Daily Show demonstrates cat calling on the streets of New York, and talks to a large group of women about their experiences:



ALSO CHECK OUT THESE LINKS:
A practical explanation of the video on Hollabacks webpages
* An article in The Guardian about Roberts receiving threats after the publication of the video
* A post on a forum about "black culture" that posts photos of Roberts and asks the users if they would "Smash Or Pass" - including very misogynist comments

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