About those walking in NYC for ten hours videos

Readability

About those walking in NYC for ten hours videos

If you haven’t seen it yet, a video of a young woman walk­ing in areas of New York City for ten hours has made quite a splash. It is sup­posed to show How Women Are Con­stantly Harassed on the Street.

Maybe the adver­tis­ers are try­ing to tell me some­thing, but every time I’ve watched it, it’s pre­ceded by car ads — lux­ury cars at that (two Lexus, one Volvo). Not only am I not on the mar­ket for a car, I believe that you have to be insane to own a car in Manhattan.

But I digress.

The young woman (age in the mid-​twenties to early thir­ties?) in the video is Cau­casian, dressed in NYC casual uni­form of black jeans and t-​shirt, and numer­ous men dur­ing her 10 hour walk say hello, many say “God bless you”, a cou­ple say “damn” (which among some in the Big Apple is the equiv­a­lent of hello) to her, about which we are sup­posed to be outraged.

The creepy ones were two guys who walked along with her, one silently for five min­utes, another one try­ing to pick her up (and fail­ing mis­er­ably). At that point, I won­dered how much of the video was staged (I also want to know what cam­era they used, since it doesn’t shake).

As it turns out,

The one dude who turns around and says, “Nice,” is white, but the guys who do the most egre­gious things — like the one who harangues her, “Somebody’s acknowl­edg­ing you for being beau­ti­ful! You should say thank you more,” or the one who fol­lows her down the street too closely for five whole min­utes — are not.

So, what “Hol­labck! a non-​profit ded­i­cated to end­ing street har­rass­ment” ended up doing is look­ing, shall I say it, “raaaaacist.”

Appar­ent from the video is also the fact that the men involved are not work­ing. I won­der what the video would have been like if she had moseyed down Water Street, Wall Street, and the finan­cial dis­trict, where every­body is on the job — even the guys girl-​watching.

Heartiste of the pick-​up manos­phere looked at the video and titled his post “10 Hours Of Walk­ing In New York City As A Racist White Woman.” Not one to mince words, his review is crude at times, but accu­rate in this,

Cat­call­ing, if you couldn’t already tell, is mostly a non-​asian minor­ity thing. Only Mediter­ranean whites like Ital­ians come close to express­ing the… unso­licited robust amour… of blacks and gua­pos. And even then, the Ital­ians in Amer­ica cat­call with a styl­ish­ness far removed from the ghetto ver­sion. It’s so rare for white men that I can’t hon­estly remem­ber the last time I saw one cat­call like those lop­ing suit­ors in the video.

I’ve walked through numer­ous neigh­bor­hoods in the five bor­oughs, and that has been my expe­ri­ence, even in my advanced age.

How­ever, to gen­er­ate real out­rage, the peo­ple of Hol­laback! ought to have tried being a female Amer­i­can tourist trav­el­ing alone in Italy in the 1970s. They would have had their butts pinched enough times that they would had needed to edit the video stand­ing up.

Aggres­sive cat­call­ing does wear thin at times. Heartiste, again, makes a valid point,

The clos­est anal­ogy for a man would be hav­ing to tol­er­ate home­less bums beg­ging for hand­outs every block.

but the Funny or Die guys went for the gusto,

Hey Har­vard! Hey Har­vard! Wanna net­work? Wanna net­work with me?

Sing it, Brenda!

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin Amer­i­can pol­i­tics, news and cul­ture at Fausta’s Blog. She learned to han­dle cat­calls by age 14, hav­ing grown up in Puerto Rico.

If you haven’t seen it yet, a video of a young woman walking in areas of New York City for ten hours has made quite a splash. It is supposed to show How Women Are Constantly Harassed on the Street.

Maybe the advertisers are trying to tell me something, but every time I’ve watched it, it’s preceded by car ads – luxury cars at that (two Lexus, one Volvo). Not only am I not on the market for a car, I believe that you have to be insane to own a car in Manhattan.

But I digress.

The young woman (age in the mid-twenties to early thirties?) in the video is Caucasian, dressed in NYC casual uniform of black jeans and t-shirt, and numerous men during her 10 hour walk say hello, many say “God bless you”, a couple say “damn” (which among some in the Big Apple is the equivalent of hello) to her, about which we are supposed to be outraged.

The creepy ones were two guys who walked along with her, one silently for five minutes, another one trying to pick her up (and failing miserably). At that point, I wondered how much of the video was staged (I also want to know what camera they used, since it doesn’t shake).

As it turns out,

The one dude who turns around and says, “Nice,” is white, but the guys who do the most egregious things—like the one who harangues her, “Somebody’s acknowledging you for being beautiful! You should say thank you more,” or the one who follows her down the street too closely for five whole minutes—are not.

So, what “Hollabck! a non-profit dedicated to ending street harrassment” ended up doing is looking, shall I say it, “raaaaacist.”

Apparent from the video is also the fact that the men involved are not working. I wonder what the video would have been like if she had moseyed down Water Street, Wall Street, and the financial district, where everybody is on the job – even the guys girl-watching.

Heartiste of the pick-up manosphere looked at the video and titled his post “10 Hours Of Walking In New York City As A Racist White Woman.” Not one to mince words, his review is crude at times, but accurate in this,

Catcalling, if you couldn’t already tell, is mostly a non-asian minority thing. Only Mediterranean whites like Italians come close to expressing the… unsolicited robust amour… of blacks and guapos. And even then, the Italians in America catcall with a stylishness far removed from the ghetto version. It’s so rare for white men that I can’t honestly remember the last time I saw one catcall like those loping suitors in the video.

I’ve walked through numerous neighborhoods in the five boroughs, and that has been my experience, even in my advanced age.

However, to generate real outrage, the people of Hollaback! ought to have tried being a female American tourist traveling alone in Italy in the 1970s. They would have had their butts pinched enough times that they would had needed to edit the video standing up.

Aggressive catcalling does wear thin at times. Heartiste, again, makes a valid point,

The closest analogy for a man would be having to tolerate homeless bums begging for handouts every block.

but the Funny or Die guys went for the gusto,

Hey Harvard! Hey Harvard! Wanna network? Wanna network with me?

Sing it, Brenda!

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin American politics, news and culture at Fausta’s Blog. She learned to handle catcalls by age 14, having grown up in Puerto Rico.