From the article: The problem with street harassment isn’t the demand that a woman smile or perform fellatio, the problem is the answer to the question, “What if a woman doesn’t want to?
— Seriously, wtf? Most of the rest of the article is fine and dandy… But seriously. How is asking a woman to ‘perform’ in EITHER of those ways not creeeepy as FUCK? Maybe just me. Reminds me a little of the days when people would say “IH, you’ve got a problem with one of your eyes? Cover your good one! How much do you see?” Before you ask - no, I don’t believe it’s even close to women being asked at random to do this shit.
Shit happened at least once a week when I was younger. Fine when an ophthalmologist or optometrist does it - they have a reason for what they’re doing. And no, it
It’d be better to say while it’s bad to approach a woman and expect her to continue to perform like this, the responses to rejection often defy belief.
Disclaimer: I’m a pre-everything trans woman who isn’t yet identifying in public or dressing femme or even to family, so my perception of what’s creepy is likely going to differ from a cis woman because right now I’m fronting as a guy in public. Other than that it seems a good article, but knowing Salon, there’s probably something horrible lurking in three Mess. Good to see Jamie Nesbitt Golden (sp? She’s @thewayoftheheid on twitter), an getting a mention (follow her and @,karynithia. Aside from being awesome women, and standouts on issues that affect people of colour, they are AWESOMELY FUNNY when theyre just commenting on life in general.
TLDR: I seriously doubt girls want to be randomly approached and chatted up or worse, asked to provide sexual favours. Seriously - BOTH are sexual harassment. You wouldn’t do it to a random man so don’t do it to a woman
Again, though, definite improvement on the usual Salon screeds, just pointing this out. Otherwise a good piece.