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street harassment


One lj'er wants to know how to stop feeling afraid while walking to work, and preferably deter the buttheads in their cars.

She's living in florida, and it's hot this time of year. She's got pepper spray but hasn't had a chance to test it.


Also, since it's America it is possible to get a CCW and hide a comforting gun in your shorts/handbag, but maintaining one of those is a moral and financial commitment which some are unwilling to shoulder.


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May. 13th, 2009 10:29 am (UTC)
I can't read the post, I presume it's locked to the community :(

The only thing, and I mean the only thing I have ever tried on street harrassers that actually worked, was backtracking to the (parked) car that had been the source of the comments, making eye contact with the two men in the cab, and saying brightly 'Hi! Excuse me, but do either of you have sisters?'. They got completely back-footed by this, and one of them admitted that yes, he did have a sister. 'Well, do you think she'd like it if strange men yelled things at her while she was walking down the street? Please don't do it any more, it's very annoying and boring, okay?'. Men stunned speechless, deathbyshinies walks away smugly.

(The conditions under which I tried this: 3 o'clock in the afternoon, Central Oxford outside the Randolph Hotel, men were both middle-aged. Had any of these variables been different, I wouldn't have had the nerve, and might have been placing myself in danger.)

As far as I know, there is no way known to humanity to prevent dickheads from yelling things out of cars in the first place.
May. 13th, 2009 10:51 am (UTC)
sorry, I didn't know it was locked.

Could you join the community? They have good tips on preparing lentils into tasty meals to save money. Heck, I think you'd be a model member.

ETA: membership is open. you can join now.

Edited at 2009-05-13 12:09 pm (UTC)
May. 13th, 2009 10:54 am (UTC)
Also Yay Wug!

you are the awesome.

I usually keep my mouth shut and my fingers on my knife clip.

You're far more civilised than me, and have probably reformed a life.

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