“8 in 10 Women will experience Street Harassment in their lifetimes.” I certainly don’t believe that’s entirely true. I think 100% of women experience it in some form. Even as simple as, “You should smile more”, can make a person feel completely unsafe. It may sound miniscule, and on the outside, like a compliment, but I can attest to the fact that those words are worrisome to just about every woman walking around in any city, town, mall, store, etc. I don’t care what anyone thinks would make me look prettier, especially a person I don’t know. What my face looks like, the grimace or the smile, has nothing to do with a stranger, especially one pointing out how I would look prettier if I smile. Nobody is in control of you, but you.
This guest blog is courtesy of Kara Mendez. Thank you so much for opening up your life to us, and allowing us to endure some of the most troublesome and spine-chilling experiences you’ve had simply trying to live your day-to-day life. I’m sorry you’ve had these experiences, but I appreciate you speaking up for others who don’t feel safe, but don’t want to talk about it!