A Thursday Interruption: Alicia Keys, a public service announcement, and some minor rocking out

The girl signing has amazingly intense facial expressions. :D

From TheOtherPatrick:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lyJIWA2QOPI

On this side of the ocean, I’ve been spat at, had my picture taken by a stranger’s cell phone, and had garbage thrown at me and a friend because we wouldn’t get in someone’s car. All in the same week. Being female in a sexist society can be really scary. Hell’s bells, I now get mildly anxious if someone’s got their cell phone angled in my direction, and I don’t know them.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_vzFiEwUAE&feature=player_embedded

Comments

  1. jennygadget says

    I have to say that I love that “onesteptoofar” campaign.

    On the one hand, it is a little troubling that it comes close to suggesting that if you really were the only guy doing this it would somehow be ok. But overall I think it does a great job of putting individual comments into a larger context that many men seem to somehow be unaware of. And I think that’s an important point in it’s own right and a useful step towards making new allies. I think many of the guys that would get defensive or dismissive if you called them on their own actions individually will have an easier time saying “oh, well, maybe what I do isn’t so bad, but do I really want to be lumped in with those jerks?” Which isn’t as far as I’d like them to get, but a good first step, I think.

  2. sbg says

    On the one hand, it is a little troubling that it comes close to suggesting that if you really were the only guy doing this it would somehow be ok.

    I didn’t read it that way at all. :)

    • Maria says

      Me neither — I read it as saying, “Dude, stop being a dick.” Particularly since after each assault, she looks SO visibly discomfited.

      • sbg says

        I read it as: look, you might think what you’re doing is harmless because you’re one little guy in a sea of guys, but the cumulative effect of that bullshit makes one single occurrence not okay. No, you don’t get to tell some woman you do not know that her breasts are nice, and no, you don’t get to cajole a woman on the street to smile at you, and here is WHY.

        I don’t think I know one single woman who’s never been street harassed, major or minor – if she’s not “pretty enough”, it’s insults regarding weight, ugliness, you-name-it, men think they are entitled to comment upon it.

        • jennygadget says

          But that’s why I read it that way – because that is logical conclusion of “look! it’s not just you!” – the suggestion that if it was just you it would be harmless. That it’s the culmalative effect that makes it bad, rather than the effect of a single instance is made worse by repetition.

          Not that I don’t think the campaign is also at the same time saying that even a single instance is bad – I think the campaign is deliberately being contradictory on the issue in order to appeal to guys that are on the edge rather than just preaching to the choir.

  3. sbg says

    That it’s the culmalative effect that makes it bad, rather than the effect of a single instance is made worse by repetition.

    And I see it as pointing out that you cannot have the cumulative effect if there is never an instance in the first place, from that random guy who thinks it’s okay because he’s not doing enough to be bad/harmful. To me, cumulative effect and “effect of a single instance is made worse by repetition” essentially is the same thing.

    I’m not arguing against your POV, though. Please don’t think that. It can definitely be read that way (duh, that’s how you’re reading it).

    At least we agree the overall message = good. ;)

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