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For a lot of us ladies who live in pedestrian-friendly cities like New York, walking to the Subway three blocks from our home — maybe even just putting the trash out on the curb at night — can be a dreaded move. What often starts out as going about one’s day-to-day tasks and minding our own business turns into a full-fledged event when some man decides we must take time away from doing what we’re doing to entertain him and his nonsense. This is the phenomenon known as street harassment.

If we can’t stand to be subjected to such behavior for 3-5 minutes, imagine what it would be like to endure countless shouts of “Hey baby, how you doing?” for 10 hours! That’s exactly what Shoshana B. Roberts volunteered to experience as part of the organization HollaBack!’s mission to end street harassment.

Sadly, what you’ll witness in the video will likely be disturbingly familiar, but hopefully as more men see this clip they’ll notice just how predatory they look when ogling and taunting us on the street and become just as adamant about ending street harassment as we are. Watch and tell us what you think.


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