Stop Street Harassment: Making Public Places Safe and Welcoming for Women

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ABC-CLIO, 2010 - Health & Fitness - 236 pages
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Street harassment is generally dismissed as harmless, but in reality, it causes women to feel unsafe in public, at least sometimes. To achieve true gender equality, it must come to an end. "Stop Street Harassment: Making Public Places Safe and Welcoming for Women" draws on academic studies, informal surveys, news articles, and interviews with activists to explore the practice's definition and prevalence, the societal contexts in which it occurs, and the role of factors such as race and sexual orientation. Perhaps more crucially, the book makes clear how women experience street harassment--how they feel about and respond to it--and the ways it negatively impacts lives.

But understanding is only a beginning. In the second half of the book, readers will find concrete strategies for dealing with street harassers and ways to become involved in working to end this all-too-common violation. Educators, counselors, parents, and other concerned individuals will discover resources for teaching about harassment and modeling behavior that will help prevent harassment incidents.


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As encouraging as some of the stories from these excerpts seem, I dont believe theyre all the wises choices to make! Approaching the vehicle of a harasser is a big mistake and could result in getting yourself kidnapped or killed! Its one thing to confront a harasser and point out their wrongdoing! Its great to make them feel stupid and idiotic, but the worst thing to do is approach their vehicle, approach them too closely or spend an extended amount of time engaging with them! Really? pull out a book and interview them? Thats ridiculous! 


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Holly Kearl is a program manager at the American Association of University Women, a women's equity nonprofit organization in Washington, DC.

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