If you watched the first season of Aziz Ansari’s Master of None you’ll remember the iconic scene that compared the male experience of walking home from a bar, to what women typically go through.
Aziz and his male friend leave the bar and say goodnight to their female friend. They walk one way, she walks the other. On their walk, Aziz and his pal, casually stroll, crack jokes and cut through the park because it’s quicker.
Our female character, meanwhile, tries to stay on well-lit sidewalks and dials “9-1” on her phone, just in case. Men yell out at her from dark corners, and one actually follows her home.
Sadly, Ansari was merely highlighting what is an every day reality for women. When walking home, jogging through a park, or even doing our grocery shopping, we can become a target for abusive, aggressive men, who think it's OK to harass and intimidate us.
In a recent Whisper post, women shared their own terrifying stories of being followed and stalked.
One women was so alarmed when a man started following her home that she 'hid behind a tree in the park for over an hour until he left'.
Another was followed and harassed by three men because she didn't respond to their sexual comments.
When another woman politely declined a date from a stranger, he began to yell at her in the middle of a supermarket. He then "followed me home in his car and sat outside my house for 20 minutes, yelling and screaming."
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