It is estimated that 85-99% of women experience street harassment in their lifetime. We also know that LGBTQ-identified people and people of color experience harassment at higher rates, as well. In Hollaback! Boston’s own The State of our Streets: Report on Street Harassment in Boston, 94% of respondents who identified as people of color reported experiencing street harassment.
Street harassment, as defined by Stop Street Harassment, is “unwelcome words and actions by unknown persons in public places which are motivated by gender and invade a person’s physical and emotional space in a disrespectful, creepy, startling, scary, or insulting way. This includes; leering, following, sexist remarks, assault, path blocking, kissy noises, honking and whistling, crude gestures, public masturbation, etc.” Although street harassment is pervasive in the lives of many women, issues of race and racism may cause it to manifest differently.
We will join with Hollaback! Boston and Boston's Anti-Racist's My Knapsack Is Not Invisible Group to address:
• Personal experiences with street harassment; the situation, how we reacted, the way that it made us feel during and after.
• Racial stereotypes: debunking the idea that most perpetrators of street harassment are men of color, and most victims of street harassment are women of color.
• Inter-racial street harassment vs. intra-racial harassment. What are the racial dynamics of street harassment?
• Disparities in socioeconomic status and its effect on street harassment and gender-based violence in public space.
• The disproportionate amount of street harassment/assaults that occur in the trans* community of color compared to cis-gender white women.
• The way that street harassment affects women & the LGBTQ POC community in regards to: public transportation/daily commute, ability to work, and mental health/impact that street harassment has on their well being.
• When discussing street harassment, how do you address racist and generalized statements that people make?
• Do you agree that the anti-street harassment movement should remain anti-criminalization, in order to keep men of color from further racial profiling/reasons for mass incarceration in our communities?
• What are your “go to” responses to street harassment, or bystander intervention/support?
Street Harassment and Race: A Sliding Scale
I’m Not Your Spicy Latina
Tired of Online Abuse From White Women
Mea Culpa (on experiencing street harassment as an Asian-American woman)
Black People: No Silence on Street Harassment
Post the Seventy-Eighth
How Racism is Bad for Our Bodies (Stop & Frisk/men of color)
It Happened To Me: A Stranger Called Me A “Chinese Bitch” And Then Spat In My Face Why Do White Guys Hate My Hijab