Casual sexism creates victims. We should acknowledge that and police it.
By Libby Brooks in the Guardian
What can a man say to a woman on the street these days without fear of prosecution? Ever since campaigners and police forces started talking about treating the public harassment of women as a hate crime, there has been an equal and opposite push to defend some bloke’s right to … what exactly? Shout a catalogue of sexually explicit demands at a stranger while following her down a street at midnight? Exchange friendly observations about the state of the weather in a shop queue in daylight?
As with #MeToo, this is far less complicated than some would like us to imagine.
As with conduct in the workplace post #MeToo, this is far less complicated than some would like us to imagine. It’s not about some mean-spirited, man-trapping shift of goalposts, whereby behaviour that was once acceptable is now criminalised. If I’ve learned one thing from reporting on this subject over the past few years, it’s that arrests for wolf-whistling have never been on the agenda. Sue Fish, the pioneering chief constable who introduced the first pilot scheme to record misogyny as a hate crime in Nottingham in 2016, broke it down for me bluntly: “Some trivialise it and say: ‘Oh, so I can’t chat up a woman now.’ But I think there’s a significant difference between ‘Can I buy you a drink?’ and ‘Do you want some cock?’ This is about the unacceptable abuse of women because they are women and it has to stop.” Click here to continue reading
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