Twitter is the latest tool in the fight against street harassment, with #NoWomanEver serving as a space for women to express their frustration and share their cat-calling horror stories. The hashtag, which was started Saturday morning by a 37-year-old Atlanta woman, has since gone viral.
Women from across the world are sharing their stories, some with lighthearted quips like, “‘Jesus yo @$$ so fat,’ he yelled out. Finally found a good Christian man! We’ve been praying together ever since,” while others, like “He followed me into my building after yelling at me for blocks. I realized then that he was the man for me and let him into my apt,” highlight the real dangers involved with street harassment.
Men have been responding to the hashtag by disregarding female’s concerns, some saying women are just misunderstanding their good intentions. Although every man who yells at a woman on the street may not actually be dangerous, women deserve to be able to walk outside without being bombarded or harassed in any capacity. Women, like men, have the right to their own space, and #NoWomanEver shows just how desperate we are to be left alone.
“These women have gone through a lot of disgusting and inappropriate crap that they should never have to experience,” said the hashtag founder. “I kept reading through the tag all day Saturday, and I realized something powerful was happening.”
“Being screamed at from cars while I walk home has always made me feel safe, it’s nice to know there are men that care” said #NoWomanEver
— Rebecca Warnes (@Rebecca_Warnes) June 19, 2016
He shouted sexual comments at me from his car. I ignored him so he called me a lesbian. That’s when I knew he was the one #NoWomanEver
— Caroline Bettridge (@CMBettridge) June 18, 2016
“Sexual harassment is a confidence boost! I love being reminded that my self-worth directly correlates to my appearance!” said #NoWomanEver
— Orange Coat Girl (@orangecoatgirl) June 18, 2016
“He screamed sexual profanities at me from a moving car as I was walking from the bars, and that’s how I met your dad.” said #nowomanever
— Sara Petty (@_spetty) June 18, 2016
This guy asked me to hookup, I said “no”. Then he said “I know you want it”, so obviously I changed my mind instantly. #NoWomanEver
— ❉Mother Gucci❉ (@its_queentay) June 18, 2016
“He told me I was just PMSing, and I was like, ‘wow, you’re right.’ I was so impressed by his knowledge of the female body.” – #NoWomanEver
— Veronicf Werner (@hatgirl_very) June 18, 2016