#876 Hey girl, you want me to respect your personal space? (Street Harassment)

Today we take a look at why street harassment, from the most vile to the most seemingly innocuous, is holding back the fight for equality and making half the population feel like targets for abuse

Show Notes

Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill

Ch. 2: Act 1: Street Harassment And Fake Phone Numbers - @TWiBnation - Air Date 6-4-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Call me back - Mike Flowers Pops

Ch. 4: Act 2: Walking Home - Inkwell MV - @MTMFilmFest

Ch. 5: Song 2: Walk a Mile - My First Holly Golightly Album

Ch. 6: Act 3: The race and class problem with the street harrassment viral video - @Radio_Dispatch - Air Date: 10-30-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: How Loud Your Heart Gets - Wildewoman

Ch. 8: Act 4: Reasons to not engage - @TWiBnation - Air Date: 10-29-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Wait Til You See My Smile - The Element of Freedom (Deluxe Version)

Ch. 10: Act 5: How to Run Like a Girl - Stuff Mom Never Told You - @MomStuffPodcast - Air Date: 09-29-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: Marathon - Cape Dory

Ch. 12: Act 6: NYC Women Talk Cat Calling - Totally Biased with @wkamaubell - Air Date: 10-26-12

Ch. 13: Song 6: Creep (Glee Cast Version) - Creep (Glee Cast Version) - Single

Ch. 14: Act 7: Dudes greeting dudes - @TWiBnation - Air Date: 11-4-14

Ch. 15: Song 7: Julie-O - Kevin "KO" Olusola

Ch. 16: Act 8: Stop Street Harassment via @StopStHarassmnt - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 17: Song 8: Time for Action - Time for Action - the Very Best Of

Ch. 18: Act 9: Trying To Justify Sexual Street Harrassment - @radio_dispatch - Air Date 4-10-14


Ch. 22: Sam Harris was being mischaracterized - Brad from Tennessee

Ch. 21: Islam isn't a race but it's treated like one - Dirk from Alameda, California

Ch. 23: Dogmatic thinking is the major problem in the world - Daniel from Albany, NY

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics

Ch. 24: Final comments solving the debate on religious extremism once and for all

Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone

Activism: Stop Street Harassment via @StopStHarassmnt

Take Action:

Get involved with Stop Street Harassment

Mark your calendar for Meet Us On The Street, an international anti-street harassment campaign April 12-18, 2005.

Follow Stop Street Harassment on Twitter and on Facebook

Additional Activism/Resources:

Bookmark Meet Us On The Street Week resources on Twitter and on Facebook

Follow the #EndStreetHarassment thread and share your own experiences.

Sources/further reading:

"Street harassment of women: It's a bigger problem than you think” by Holly Kearl at Christian Science Monitor

"Feeling harassed? Do something about it. — Friday is Women's Equality Day in the US, yet routine street harassment blocks that goal for many women. But we can act.” by Holly Kearl at The Guardian

"6 Things You Might Not Think Are Harassment But Definitely Are (because apparently we need to clear a few things up)” by Kat George at Bustle

"Street Harassment Is a Problem—No Doubt—but Here’s Why That Video Didn’t Help the Debate” by Dio Rabouin at The Root

"Hollaback and Why Everyone Needs Better Research Methods And Why All Data Needs Theory” by Zeynep Tufekci at Medium

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich

Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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  • commented 2014-11-17 19:01:17 -0500

    Just heard your wrap up on the issue of religious extremism at the end of this episode. I completely agree with your conclusion that bad ideas have to be criticized but we may have to be careful about the kind of rhetoric that we use when doing so. Having said that I believe you are being bit too charitable when you say that Harris is not like other Islamophobic hate mongers. He is prone to making stuff up when it comes to Islam and Muslims. An example is his scaremongering claim that France could become a Muslim majority nation by 2030 as he did in a 2006 article (http://www.samharris.org/site/full_text/the-reality-of-islam ).

    //Islam is the fastest growing religion in Europe. The demographic trends are ominous: Given current birthrates, France could be a majority Muslim country in 25 years, and that is if immigration were to stop tomorrow.//

    There is so much wrong here. First, what is wrong if France ends up with a Muslim majority population. But let us set that aside for a moment and focus on an important question. Is it even possible for France to become a Muslim majority nation by 2030? Not even close says data from Pew research (http://www.pewforum.org/2011/01/27/the-future-of-the-global-muslim-population/ ). But that does not stop Sam Harris from making shit up to rile up the Islamophobic bigots around the world. When you combine this with his sympathetic views on racial profiling (http://www.samharris.org/blog/item/in-defense-of-profiling ) of Muslims at public places one can only conclude that he is just a garden variety racist. We would have no problem in calling him a racist if he were making similar attacks on say Judaism/Jews. Why do we have a problem when it comes to Islam/Muslims?