Catcalling at its worst...

THIS JUST HAPPENED.

I was at the gas station by Exit 4/Truck Stop in Hudson this morning and there was this VERY drunk man outside. He was following this woman and calling her "Baby, sweetheart," and slurring comments about her appearance. The woman was obviously uncomfortable. Other people (two men, a woman with a child) saw this and didn't say anything.

Something intense happened within me at that moment, and I am still coming down from it. I got really hot, my heart started pounding...I'm pretty sure I started sweating, and a buzzing sound started in my ears.

I said loudly to the woman, "Are you OK?"
She looked at me, and then at the man, almost with confusion, and said, "...er, Yes."
And the man who was harassing her looked at me, and stumbled away.

I wanted to share this because I have been in that same situation before and no one had said anything or helped. And as a woman (or victim), it's pretty easy to feel helpless to speak out in these situations because of safety, or you feel powerless against the aggressor.

But this is the thing that truly shocks me: by simply ASKING the woman if she was OK deterred the street harassment.

MUST READ: A Gentlemaen's Guide to Rape Culture

An awesome article that I would like all of my friends (of all genders) to read:

A Gentlemen’s Guide To Rape Culture

"Working construction is when I learned to speak up to a group of men. You have to do it. Mostly, you do it because you want to respect yourself. Otherwise, you’re another pathetic man that allows a guy to mistreat a woman in your presence. When a guy cat-calls a woman and you don’t say something, he just treated her like a cheaply degraded sex object for his satisfaction and he turned you into the punk-ass that’s willing to allow him to mistreat a woman in your presence … while you say nothing.

What would your grandfather think if he saw you in that moment? Would he be proud of you? Are you proud of yourself? Male pride is good for something—use it to be your better self. Don’t be that silent punk that goes along with the crowd to get along with the crowd. Speak up when someone cat-calls a woman in front of you. Tell them to shut the fuck up. As a man, you have power. Use it. Men respect conviction."

Girls Suck at Video Games

I was sent this short video by Stephanie Mercier with the subject "Girls Suck at Video Games".

Unlike a regular video game, in this animation, the character is not given any choice in the challenges she faces. She mysteriously becomes pregnant out of her control, etc...
After watching, I don't know how to feel about this...is it a feminist metaphor for a woman's life or is it perpetuating the idea of "dumb blonds", the glass ceiling and the archaic roles of women?

You decide.

Girls suck at video games / Les filles sont nulles aux jeux vidéo from Stéphanie Mercier on Vimeo.