This is a quite shocking read, and yet, ordinary.
I found it quite upsetting, perhaps more-so since I saw a woman being harassed on the bus the other night. I’m a bit ashamed that I didn’t step in. I think I was partially in shock, and it all probably took less than a minute - though it felt like hours. When I was leaving the bus, I seriously contemplated apologizing to the woman, on behalf of all men, to say something like “we’re not all…” But I didn’t. I didn’t want to disturb her, she seemed so absorbed in her anger and sadness.
For a long time I’ve wondered how some men can do such barbaric, sexist stuff. It’s just beyond me. I don’t understand how this still survives in modern times in modern places. I’m realizing though that it’s not enough to disdain such people. If this pains your conscience, you have to help it stop. How you do that is up to you. It could be wearing a button, talking to coworkers, stepping up for someone on the bus, or just writing a tumblr post. But we can’t just let this continue. If we want to see change, if we know things have to change, we have to be part of it.
Preach girl. It’s annoying that guys don’t understand what their “catcalls” can do, and it’s sad that people can’t stand up for themselves.