@ashke50at 15, with friends on train, group of boys blocking our path and asking if they “made us wet”.
@roxannabennett – Male friends told me it was disgusting I was breast feeding and that’s not what tits are for
I also quite liked this response…
So what are the strengths and limitations of this as a method for finding out about street harassment?
- Firstly on a practical note it’s very easy to set up, free, and accessible
- Secondly, it’s hopefully empowering for the women using it – I like to think of women reading thinking ‘I’m not the only one’ – quite a few tweets with ‘solidarity’
- Thirdly, on the concept of validity – it’s giving users the freedom to define sexual harrassment, useful for facilitating debate around the issue.
- Fourthly, it’s giving us an idea of the range of experiences of sexual harassment – could be a useful basis for operationalising a questionnaire with a more representative sampling frame.
- Firstly and most obviously, the sample will be biased in the extreme – limited to twitter users, and to users who follow @Everydaysexism and happen to be on twitter at the opportune moment, so this research is useless as a quantitative study.
- Secondly, we always have to question the validity of what’s being said and it is very difficult to validate the truth of what these women are saying. I am not saying these women are lying, just that it is practically impossible to verify what they are saying. Having said this, I personally wouldn’t have thought there is that much motivation to lie on twitter about such experiences given that ‘coming out with them’ is probably accompanied by negative emotions.
If you want to find out more about the extent of street harassment – then check out the collective action for safe spaces blog (U.S based)
This Guardian Article suggests 40% of women have experienced sexual harassment – based on a yougov poll
Hollaback – a depressing but useful site in which women in Birmingham share their experiences of harassment, has the potential to expand into more areas!