“I wanna watch it bounce”

September 6, 2008

When I was living in Cincinnati, OH, I frequently walked or biked¬†everywhere. On several occasions I was harassed, hollored at, whistled at, and at times grabbed. On one particular occasion, a young man yelled at me as I was walking by. I ignored him. The he yelled, ”¬†Damn baby- You thick. Mmm” I guess this was his eloquent way of expressing he was impressed by my curves. I turned, looked at him, shook my head with disgust, and started to walk away again. He followed me and continued his harassment. “Keep walking baby, I wana watch it bounce.” I was so embarrassed, and so angry that I told him, “If you ever speak to me like that again, I will BOUNCE YOU into that telephone pole!” His response, “Oh, baby, be cool, I just wana get to know you.” My response, ” Well, I don’t want to know you.” And I kept walking. As I walked away he yelled, “You’se just a dumb white ho, any damn way.” I felt so angry, and hurt. In hind sight, I probably shouldnt have threatened him, but I felt scared when he kept following me. I just felt dirty and violated.


Egyptian Women Talk about Street Harassment

September 5, 2008

Not long ago, an article came out talking about the high rate of sexual harassment in public in Egypt. As a follow up piece, the BBC interviewed several Egyptian women about their experiences.

For example, here is what Posy Abdou said:

“I get harassed 100 times a day. I tried everything to stop it but it doesn’t stop. I wear loose clothes, I don’t wear make up, I spend more than an hour in front of the mirror everyday thinking of ways to hide my body.

I walk home everyday. It only takes me 15 minutes, I cross the bridge. It is usually very loud and busy, but that does not stop men from approaching girls, any girl, good looking or bad looking, covered or not.

I remember so many scary harassments. There was this guy who followed me and suddenly grabbed my bottom in front of everyone. I screamed but he ran away and no one interfered.

Once I was shopping with my father and aunt, and this guy kept staring at me and blowing me kisses. My dad shouted at him and started hitting him. I think men are doing this because they are jobless and have no manners.”

I am glad that the BBC is showing how horrible street harassment is for women!! I think the best way to get people to pay attention to the problem is by hearing women’s stories.

So share yours!