The moral of this video is this: If you walk around NYC for ten hours you’re going to inevitably run into some horrendous creeps. If they aren’t aggressively yelling compliments at women, sometimes in a rapey fashion, they’ll be asking you for money or calling you ‘tough guy’ or ‘fag’ or whatever else losers do.
Its good this video is drawing attention to the plight of women who have to put up with this. Unfortunately this particular source lacks all credibility based on what I saw at the :38 second mark where a guy asks “How are you this morning?” in a pretty normal tone.
This is really making me rethink those “100+ incidents of verbal street harassment” the filmmaker claims.
Progressives have a tenancy to get wound up. Usually it results in a good fighting spirit in the quest for justice, but often it just perverts a cause by involving well intentioned people who are either too rabid or too impressionable to separate reality from the very broad ideals they’ve been assigned.
Looking into vaccine manufacturing is a good thing. Deciding you’re smarter than your doctor, refusing to vaccinate your kids, and putting entire populations at risk is taking it too far.
Documenting perverts on the street is a good thing. Saying that someone who says “Good morning” is a sexual deviant is taking it too far.
Sometimes when you strap on a scowl and power walk through the ghetto you’re inviting unwanted attention. People might be apt to ask how you’re doing because you look like you’re about to go shoot up a mall or something.
Not that this excuses in any way the creeps who were harassing this woman. But I’ve found New Yorkers are actually pretty friendly in my experience. Someone asking how you are doing should not be seen as a threat regardless of gender.
The problem with this progressive tendency to jump the shark on these issues just gives fodder to misogynists and idiots of all types who are going to claim you’re distorting reality to back up your agenda.
In this case they are right.
Its a general tendency of progressives to talk down to and not respect their audience. I do it all the time.
I’m pretty sure I know the difference from a creep following a chick around and a dude who says “How are you this morning.”
The chasm between these two incidents is roughly equivalent to that of advocating for animal rights versus calling people who eat meat murderers.
This criteria seems to characterize just about every dude in the world as a street harassing catcalling scumbag because he has said hello to a stranger, instead of focusing on the more nuanced issue of what growing numbers of women are vocal about experiencing, which they find offensive, invasive, or harmful.
But it can’t be “How are you this morning.” That’s not the way the world works. Your parents would have probably never met. You don’t get to appropriate normal societal interactions to back up your point. Its not fair to anyone involved and doesn’t further the conversation. It undermines it.
It just leads to articles like this. I invite you to skim through this missing all the points involved and say I hate women, because that’s how open minded people handle their business sometimes.