Laci Green, a self-proclaimed “sexuality geek”, who is also a sex educator and crisis counselor, shares her experiences with street harassment in this video, using her humor and expertise to talk about what street harassment is and why it is not a compliment!
It’s a fresh take on a topic that has been making news headlines since the recent release of the Hollaback! app, and the artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh’s Stop Telling Women To Smile campaign took to the streets.
The video is part of Laci’s sex positive education project called Sex+, which consists of a biweekly video series, a weekly live show, daily blogging, university lectures, and a peer education network. Laci is also a host for two web shows including a science news show for the Discovery Channel and a sex education series for Planned Parenthood.
Street harassment includes catcalls, sexually explicit comments, sexist remarks, groping, leering, stalking, public masturbation, and assault. According to the Center for Disease Control & Prevention, “non-contact unwanted sexual experiences,” including street harassment, are the most prevalent form of sexual violence for both men and women in the United States. Internationally, studies show that between 70-99% of women experience street harassment at some point during their lives.
The long-term impacts for victims of street harassment include depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as a reduced sense of safety that can limit earnings, decrease mobility, and interrupt victims’ ability to fully engage with civic life.
If you have been a victim of street harassment or would like additional information/toolkits, etc check out these resources.