When I saw the caption of this video, I thought it would show me something I had seen before. A video that describes a single woman out on the streets usually involves some sort of behavior like harassment. This is unfortunately very common and it is also worse in certain areas of the world. Sad to say that many women out on their own come to expect this.
When I saw this title, I braced for impact. And I did this in very much the same way in which I brace for impact nearly every day when I leave my house. In fact, on days where I wear more feminine clothes I usually have to mentally prepare myself. On days when I don’t want to bother and/or I do not have the energy, I will typically pull on a pair of jeans and a t-shirt. That is, here I was believing that what I wear out of the door either promotes or repels street harassment. At least, that is what the people who harass women want you to think.
“Eureka!” I might claim. Or I might even call it a light bulb moment. Whether I knew it or not, I was doing my own independent study. I bought into the stereotype or myth that what a woman wears outside either exacerbates the problem or eliminates it. And there is no greater way to test this theory, then to live it via social experiment.
That is what our lovely friend in this video from Facts did. Once you watch it, you will see that she did not endure street harassment or terrible behavior from the world. But, what did occur was that ceaseless vendors tried in vain to get her attention when she was clearly uninterested. The fact that this Facts video was done in all silence impressed me even more. It seemed that the more quiet a person is and maybe more reserved, then the harder people will try to get their attention.
Even the man wearing a sign for a restaurant stood by her for five minutes in the hopes that she would notice him. He gave her a pathetic look when she ignored him after a long attempt and then retreated. So, what did this video tell us? Well, it tells us that the likelihood of being continuously prodded into buying things in Dublin when you are alone and female is really high. Fortunately, no one was there to whistle at her which is what I expected. Even though this didn’t occur, the behavior I saw reminded me of old movies or stories written about Europe and the people who peddled their goods. This walk was not far from that old view of how life once was. Granted, it didn’t seem pleasant. It seemed rather annoying. Maybe this is why we have things like iPods and earplugs. And my suggestion to any single gal who wants to roam the streets of Dublin is to buy a great pair of headphones.