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Twitter Speaks Out Against Street Harassment with #NoWomanEver

Culture

Twitter Speaks Out Against Street Harassment with #NoWomanEver

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Maria Acha Kutscher

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.”