Mexico's Harassment Issue

“You talk to me as if you were going to rape me.”These Mexican women are fighting street harassers with confetti guns and punk rock.

Posted by AJ+ on Wednesday, January 27, 2016

A group of women have decided to create a powerful and active statement about street harassment in Mexico City. This badass crew is called Las Hijas de Violencia (Daughters of Violence) and their methods are anything but ordinary: They shoot confetti guns and sing punk rock songs. And no, this isn’t just for show — they’ve recorded real-life moments of men harassing them and showcase how they handle it in action. 

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In their mission statement on their Facebook page, they describe how women’s bodies have solely become a source of enjoyment for others: "Nosotras somos las hijas de Violencia, cargamos años de transitar en un espacio público hostil que no da cabida al cuerpo femenino como un cuerpo transitante sino un cuerpo para el goce y disfrute externo.” This artistic project has taken the internet by storm, proving that they’re bringing a vital issue to the forefront of the media. In the spirit of continuing to push boundaries and vocalize the severity of sexual harassment, we have listed six additional ways women around the world have stood up to harassment. 

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1

Performance gone viral

Columbia University student Emma Sulkowicz was reportedly raped by another student in 2012, and she decided to bring attention to the situation through performance art. She carried a mattress with her across the campus to protest the lack of action universities take when it comes to rape — not just for herself, but for other people who have experienced it as well.

2

Social movements

In the age of social media, all it takes is one click to send a message to millions of people. With hashtags like #YesAllWomen and #WhatMySHSaid, women have been calling out the daily experiences they face to highlight how pervasive the problem really is. 

3

Comics

Indian artist Kaveri Gopalakrishnan created comic book Basic Space to show the measures women take to protect themselves from assault and harassment. 

4

Protests

Both women and men have taken to the streets to participate in things like the SlutWalk, which is an annual march to end rape culture. 

5

Art

24-year-old Debi Hasky created a powerful photo series, "Call Out Catcalls,"  to raise awareness about catcalling throughout Latin America. 

6

Taking it to the streets

During Anti-Street Harassment Week, Feminist Apparel put up more than 50 signs reading "No Catcall Zone" across Brooklyn and Manhattan.