I quickly mentioned an amazing article I came across in Minneapolis St. Paul magazine about cat calling and street harassment on the air with Bradley today.
I had one particularly disturbing experience involving street harassment recently, and I became so frustrated — feeling cornered and helpless — when it came to dealing with the feelings of being harassed, and also with how much I wanted this type of interaction to just. stop.
It was almost serendipitous when, a couple days later, I came across MSP Mag’s article on a fellow Minneapolitan woman who had seemingly been experiencing the same feelings and frustrations, and decided to do something about it.
When confronted with harassment on the streets, she made and gives out what she calls “Cards Against Harassment.”
— mspmag (@mspmag) June 3, 2015
These cards say things like, ““Ahh, Summer: the perfect time to get outside and get active. Too bad you had to go and ruin it. Someone simply walking/jogging/biking in your line of sight isn’t an invitation for you to comment on how they look. It’s not a compliment. It’s harassment.”
Or, “The reputation is ‘Minnesota Nice,’ not ‘Minnesota Random Men Commenting on How I Look and Making Me Feel Weird.’ Don’t be that guy. It’s not a compliment. It’s harassment.”
You can have a plan, too. I’m gettin’ me some of those cards.