Women have it hard. Everyday we navigate the streets, attempting to get to from Point A to Point B without being bothered, but many times it doesn’t work out that way.

I’m sure you’ve heard the comments before, “Hey ma, why you so mad? Put a smile on your face.” Or, “Ayo, can I holla at you for a minute?” Many times these interactions can seem innocuous at first, but can quickly spiral into something very dangerous and scary.

Street harassment is a big deal. It can range from leering and unwelcomed advances to sexually lewd comments, groping, and assault. While some try to brush it off as harmless flirting, many women have called it “sexual terrorism.”

Today, women are no longer just grinning and bearing it, they are beginning to fight back.  Websites like iHollaBack and StopStreetHarassment implore women to call out harassers and share their experiences with others.

Yesterday, I saw a video that I thought was both hilarious and poignant. In it, three African-American women discuss their experience being harassed while coming home from a friend’s get-together in the Bronx, NY. Not only do they share their experiences about being disrespected, they also put the “Corner Boys” in their Brooklyn neighborhood on blast.

Stopping street harassment is extremely difficult. It will require that people change how they interact with one another, and alter the way in which men view women—not as “females” to holler at, but as human beings deserving of respect. No matter how difficult, stopping harassment is enormously necessary so that half of our citizens can move freely without having to constantly watch their backs.

What do you think of the video? Watch it and share your thoughts!

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  • Golden Silence

    I think all the black men on here trying to justify street harassment need to watch Deborrah Cooper’s video: What Black Women Think – Black Men and Street Harassment

    For the guy above who think dressing “sexy” gets women “holla’ed” at, think again. Many women wear baggy sweats, business suits, burkas, etc. and still get harassed.

    Seriously, black men. Stop blaming black women for your oversexed and patronizing attitudes.

  • Jason

    As a man with three younger sisters, I wish I could do more to help besides encourage everyone to put their safety first. I feel like the only thing I can do is refrain from such behavior myself and train my younger brother to do the same.

  • Jen

    This is a topic that isn’t discussed nearly enough. When it happens we try to maintain our composure but it can be extremely frightening. I have been in a situation where a group of black men picked me up and started to fondle and molest me. I was terrified they would drag me into an alley and rape me. My only crime was being a young black female walking alone during spring break in Daytona Beach. I was just grateful to walk away from that situation but I cannot forget that terror and to this day I become fearful of large groups of black men. And that was more than 10 years ago. If those men had been taught to disrespect black women to that degree what regard did they have for my life?

  • Niyyah

    I am an African American, Muslim woman and I get harassed. I wear a head scarf, loose fitting clothes, and everything. The argument that a woman’s dress is the cause of the harassment may be true in some cases, but in most cases it’s not.
    I’ve seen girls who wear mini skirts, or headscarves, or long skirts get harassed. Men need to step up and stop viewing women as sexual objects. If you really want a chance with a woman come respectful and correct then she might give you a chance.