With the recent release of Hollaback!’s viral Street Harassment video and all of the attention it’s gathering, street harassment has been propelled to the forefront of the national conversation. There have been debates between men and women on CNN, washed up rappers are arguing that feminists are trying to take away a man’s right to be a man and in real life women and men are finally having long-overdue discussions about how frequently we fell completely unsafe just being a woman in public.
In our office particularly we discuss how more men should hold each other accountable about acceptable ways to communicate with a woman in public. And thankfully, blogger, radio host and comedian Elon James White is doing just that with his hashtag #DudesGreetingDudes.
Basically, it’s a hashtag to debunk the notion that men who approach women on the street are doing so just to “say hi” or be friendly. White argues that if men really were so eager just to say hello, they would be greeting men as well. So he writes:
“Dudes. If you feel society has lost its decency, let’s bring it back. Let’s start the #DudesGreetingDudes movement! Say hi to each other!
These women don’t get it. Y’all just want to say hi. What’s wrong with hi?!? So let’s just leave them out completely. #DudesGreetingDudes
The Women will soon realize what they missed out on BUT IT’LL BE TOO LATE. Let the women walk in silence. SORRY LADIES. #DudesGreetingDudes.”
That was sarcasm in case you didn’t catch it. So check one of the best tweets of this particular hashtag.