Stumbled upon this during tonight's insomniac moment:http://rt.com/usa/200259-hundred-instances-street-harassment-video/
My first instinct to viewing this was "FUCK YES that happens, and it's annoying and creepy." And then I started thinking...
You could say that many of those guys didn't really say anything particularly degrading or inappropriate, but I think it's clear that they were using their words to attempt to engage this woman. Now, I know as well as she does that once you even LOOK (most of) THOSE GUYS IN THE EYE, they assume they have a chance at fucking you. No, I'm not exaggerating. That dude that walked alongside her for five minutes? Fucking creepy, but it happens more often than you'd think.
Women are taught not to go into "bad areas" of a town/city for a reason. And those bad areas are crawling with guys like the ones in this video. Those bad areas? They're usually going to be urban, lower income, & predominately black (just being honest, here). Now, I'm not writing this to say anything about the plight of the poor or to touch race relations. For the most part, I'm a die hard Capitalist who admits that Capitalism can't be all that it could be because humans are assholes. My point is: had this woman been filming herself walking through a nice part of town, the instances in the video would be nearly eliminated.
But, picture this:
She's walking through a nice, upscale part of town and a well dressed man (of any race, really), says something to the effect of "hi, miss, how are you?" Would that have made this video as an instance of harassment? My guess is that no, it wouldn't be in the video, and she probably would've at least acknowledged his presence even if he wasn't her type.
My theory is basically that women who are mostly psychologically stable with relatively high levels of self esteem are hardwired to look for someone who can provide for their offspring. If you're hanging out in the bad part of town, sitting on the street during work hours, chances are high that you're unemployed, underemployed, or perhaps working a blue collar job that has no upward mobility. Any attempt to engage a woman is going to be seen as creepy and unwanted because from a biological/evolutionary standpoint, you really won't serve a purpose for her.
And then we know that in poor urban areas, there is a serious lack of positive male role models. There's no stigma to knocking a woman up without being married to her. Examples of how to be successful in life are few and far between. My guess is that most of these men aren't looking to marry someone - they want to fuck - whether that's to fulfill animalistic desire or to make themselves feel a little less empty inside. Or both. The reason that this continues is because many women that come from these areas aren't feeling too great about themselves either. And the cycle continues.
There's absolutely nothing wrong with women demanding respect from men, but if you look at the big picture, I think that this cycle is a result of the breakdown of tradition. And yes, people can argue that women have always been sex objects, but a) men and women are not the same, they will never be the same, they are not on this earth to serve the same purpose, therefore demands that they be treated exactly the same are ridiculous and b) women should really accept that to an extent, there is power in being sexually desirable, and if a man genuinely respects you and enjoys things about you besides your tits, ass, and vagina, being a little objectified by him certainly isn't the worst place to be.
I know. Controversial, backwards, ludicrous. Blah blah blah.
And I'm living in a state with an unenforceable sexual consent law, so we're probably at the point of no return. See you on the other side.