Feminism has come a long way since its early days. What was once a noble cause, dedicated to giving women equal rights and letting their voices be heard, has turned into a whiny movement struggling to find things to bitch about. And now, they may have found the most annoying thing to be upset about: street harassment.
Usually when a stranger attempts to strike up a conversation with you in public, you ignore them and continue on with your day. If you live in a major U.S. city, then it probably happens to you a couple of times a day. And if you’re a sane human being, then you’ll probably forget about it immediately. However, if you’re a deranged feminist, desperate for an ‘injustice’ to get worked up over, then you’ll use it as evidence of how sexist our society is.
I’m not going to pretend to know what it’s like to be a woman. But I have to imagine it’s not all that bad. I guess it would get kind of old catching people checking you out all the time. And maybe getting compliments or smiled at constantly would get pretty annoying after a while. Having tits can’t be the worst thing in the world though. I’m not saying women don’t get harassed on the street. But i don’t think we need to include smiling, looking at, or giving a genuine compliment to a stranger as harassment.
Just because a man gives you a compliment or attempts to talk to you in public, doesn’t mean he’s sexually harassing you. He’s trying to pick you up. If you don’t like it then ignore it or say “no thanks.” You don’t need to flip out and go on some tirade about how women aren’t sex objects. We were put on this planet to reproduce. And it’s pretty hard to do that without striking up a conversation. I think it’s actually called rape if you don’t talk to them first.
I know some dick heads take it to far. But despite what some feminist organizations would lead you to believe, they’re not most men. Street harassment isn’t an epidemic of male chauvinism. It’s a small minority of assholes, who weren’t raised right by their fathers or didn’t have one to begin with. Whistling at women on the street or yelling lewd and crude things at them is a shitty thing to do. Everyone knows that. Of course there’s going to be some idiots who don’t realize it or care. But no non-profit or campaign to raise awareness is going to change their behavior.
I don’t doubt street harassment exists. I know it does. We’ve all experienced it. But including greetings, smiling, and making eye contact as forms of harassment is taking it a smidgen too far. And we don’t need any campaigns to raise awareness of people acting like dicks. If anti-bullying PSAs make a cause seem faggy, then we probably don’t need it.