Jessica Williams of The Daily Show had an amusing segment about all the forms of harassment that women face even when they are simply walking along a street. She interviewed a large group of women who said they routinely had to fend off unwanted advances and comments and that as a defense mechanism they put on stern faces and strictly avoided eye contact with anyone because that could be construed as an invitation that they did not intend to make.
I wonder if this is more of a New York City thing. When I walk on the streets here most people, men and women, make eye contact and smile and even say ‘Hi’ if they pass close enough.
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