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tn women1Stgirls every right to walk alone at anyplace and any time of day you want.
If a man tries to get you to stop or
asks you intrusive questions, You are
not responsible to answer him. He is trying to harass you and you are not
obliged to " be
nice" to someone who
If you ever walk alone you have, most likely, encountered some form of street harassmentbe it catcalls, intrusive questions (" What' your name, where are you going?" ) or a man walking just a little too close for your ~omfort. Regardless, the message is clear, lf you walk " unprotected" -which means with out a man-you are fair game. This in effect means 00 NOT WALK ALONE. IF THIS IS NOT A . TOOL OF TERRORISM WHICH IS MEANT TO KEEP-US FROM AFFECTING CHANGE OUTSIDE OF OUR HOMES WITHOUT HAVING TO BE " PROTECTEDi, FROM MEN, THEN i'lHAT IS
is being a jerk and treating you dis-
respectfully. Men who harass get upset
when they have been exposed (if you tell them to leave you alone) men
who respect women understand your right to walk without being intruded
upon and will respond accordingly when
Street harassment is not confined to females by males. People of Color, punk rockers who don t conform to the ideal appearence that society dictates also suffer from harassment. The authors wish to encourage people to circulate information on
you state your wishes.
The police tell us that most rapes occur between people who " know each other. This in many cases means litt~e more than the wanan and the rapist met shortly
before the rape and had a casual conversation in a public
minutes. If a man you don t know tries to get you to talk to attempting to " get to know" you.
Many women are made uncomfortable by street dealing with it. It is perfectly natural to feel you feel after you haveencount.ered street to other women or girls about bring it out into the open and recognize it as an part of being female. You are not alone!
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