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Street harrassment and risk for women

Postby louise_heels » Wed Oct 11, 2017 12:18 pm

Not sure where is the right place for this, but this board seems as good as any. Not sure what I think about this article, it suggests women walk less because they perceive themselves to be at risk when they walk, or are fearful for their safety. The article claims that there is a financial cost to all this "not walking" as well as the cost to women's health and perceptions of safety. Not sure how much of this is reality and how much perception but its an interesting starting point.

https://www.theguardian.com/inequality/ ... uch-as-men

The comment BTL are interesting, people sharing their experiences and some fears. Thoughts?
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Postby Chudleigh » Wed Oct 11, 2017 1:04 pm

Walking to where?

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Postby Cinderelum » Wed Oct 11, 2017 2:13 pm

Interesting article and comments. I feel for these women as walking is such basic right. My husband and I walk nearly everyday, but I would definitely change the routine if I was single. Shopping malls are generally safe and convenient during inclement weather.

We live and vacation in downtown areas as walking is our priority. But walking late at night is another story - a big no no!

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Postby Lady J 624 » Wed Oct 11, 2017 3:40 pm

I'm just glad I don't live in the city. I take my walks on our rural road, mostly neighbors that drive by, if at all. I think it is mostly a city issue.
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Postby louise_heels » Wed Oct 11, 2017 3:42 pm

emilycurious wrote:It's worse than when I went to Uni.
Rachel's campus has Emergency Boxes all around, and there's a walking escort service you can call.
It's not just the local criminal element but other male students you have to be wary of.
Their learning experience is less social and more internet based, where the worst of the worst is readily available.


Do you really think it's getting worse? that's one claim but I wonder if it is actually the reality or heightened fears? Also, maybe more incidents get reported these days, whereas years ago, generally they went unreported?
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Postby louise_heels » Wed Oct 11, 2017 3:59 pm

emilycurious wrote:I guess that's possible, but I don't remember talking about it, knowing there was a problem out there. I do think the men were less worldly, not as exposed to the internet, more "innocent".
One of the things that really bothers me about the Harvey Weinstein revelations - why didn't the women talk to each other about the issue? That's certainly how we used to handle "problem" men - there were always some guys you shouldn't be alone in a room with - and we'd let each other know and keep an eye on each other. It seems incredible to me that in all his years of abuse there weren't two women that confided in each other and both had similar experiences, and that set off alarm bells. I guess in that industry it's par for the course.


You could be right there. the internet has certainly had plenty of unforeseen consequences. On Harvey Weinstein I'm sure you are right. I heard the tape last night, surely people knew he was a creep?! :shock:

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Postby Chudleigh » Wed Oct 11, 2017 4:40 pm

Men like Weinstein should be gelded.

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Postby Chudleigh » Wed Oct 11, 2017 4:50 pm

Perhaps it’s is a bit different where I live. I know that being a man , I do not directly experience walking around in the same way as women.... but I worked for many years ..as did my better half in a female dominated profession. We both , regularly , mixed with nurses professionally and socially in newport, Cardiff and Bristol and both of us concur that this topic of conversation has never arisen. Among all the women we have socialised and worked with this has never been a topic of conversation in the staff room or common room.

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Postby Joyofsox » Wed Oct 11, 2017 5:01 pm

louise_heels wrote:
emilycurious wrote:It's worse than when I went to Uni.
Rachel's campus has Emergency Boxes all around, and there's a walking escort service you can call.
It's not just the local criminal element but other male students you have to be wary of.
Their learning experience is less social and more internet based, where the worst of the worst is readily available.


Do you really think it's getting worse? that's one claim but I wonder if it is actually the reality or heightened fears? Also, maybe more incidents get reported these days, whereas years ago, generally they went unreported?
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I can't imagine it's worse nowadays.
I didn't go to university, I went to art college and the women were on an equal footing from the start. If a university is an unsafe place, the management should be dealing with it.
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Postby Joyofsox » Wed Oct 11, 2017 5:14 pm

And 20 years ago? 40?
I'm not commenting, just asking for more information. I know nothing of USA; my only experience is in England.
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Postby louise_heels » Wed Oct 11, 2017 7:15 pm

Have other women on here had similar experiences, anxieties? Hope you feel able to share and comment on this.
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