A lot of times, when we talk about street harassment, people tell us it’s a cultural thing. We maintain that the only culture it’s a part of is rape culture. Street harassment takes place everywhere, without exception. This is made evident by the 90 cities with Hollaback! sites, and the thousands of stories we have collected from people of varying genders, ages, races, sexual orientations, nationalities, and languages.
In a blog post for Stop Street Harassment, Hollaback! Bahamas Director Alicia Wallace shared her experience on the streets of two cities in California. In it, she highlights the ways street harassment feels different in unknown places, and how it affects the way she chooses to hollaback.
Street harassment looks, sounds, and feels different depending on identity, location, time of day, and any number of other factors. The harassment I experience on a daily basis in Nassau is unlike harassment in any other place I’ve visited. I’m accustomed to the go-to names, phrases, and gestures of people in my city, but placed in an unfamiliar city, I don’t know what to expect, or how to respond. Language barriers prevent me from making assessments with the same accuracy as when I completely understand what is being said. Having limited knowledge of a place can be disempowering, changing the way I respond to harassment.
Read the full post here.