30 Oct On Medium: Hello, Beautiful.
By now, you may have seen the street harassment video that Rob Bliss Creative published this week, showing a young white woman walking around New York City for 10 hours, while the filmmaker walks secretly in front of her with a camera shooting the oodles of harassment she receives on the street. Itâ€™s important to note that a lot of folks think that the (wonderful) organization, Hollaback!, created the videoâ€”to clarify, Hollaback! was approached by Rob, who had full creative control.
A lot of women, myself included, shuddered and felt nauseous watching at least parts of the video, if not the whole thing. There are plenty of others who donâ€™t see what the big deal is with the simple â€œhello, beautifulâ€ kind of approaches. And then, there are folksâ€”again, myself includedâ€” upset with the racial and ethnic under- and overtones that get sort of glossed over in both mainstream discussions, and mainstream feminist discussions, when we talk about street harassment. Thereâ€™s a lot to unpack, here.