Femme de la Rue
August 4, 2012 1:04 AM Subscribe
posted by Megami (158 comments total)
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Sofie Peeters, a student in Belgium has sparked controversy with her film about being intimidated simply for walking down the street
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In interviews with other women she found she was not alone, with other women admitting they will not walk on their local streets while wearing a skirt or take public transport the situation was so bad.
Peeters has been accused of racism because most of the men shown to be making comments are of North African origin.
The film has struck a chord throughout Belgium and also France, which has been dealing with problems of harassment, both on the street and in their own parliament (previously on MeFi
One reaction has been to make a 'turning the tables' video
of women harassing men on the street.
Actupol 3.0 blog post
(in English) about the film and its reaction. Also an article
from the Guardian. Here is an article from the New Statesman
discussing the problem of street harassment and the lack of hard evidence.