Tired of dealing with the misogynist catcalling and public harassment some men call flattery, one woman finally decided to talk back.
Cards Against Harassment attempts to give women a voice where they have so often felt voiceless. And hopefully educate the men who harass them as well.
Lindsey, like so many women, has had to deal with constant harassment in public. One day Lindsey asked one of the men bothering her why he didn’t simply try saying hello. When he responded with a burst of rage, Lindsey knew she was dealing with more than simple flirting. It was gender abuse.
The problem with dealing with this sort of abuse is that the event is often very brief, leaving the victim little chance to respond. Cards Against Harassment gives women a way to respond.
“The street harassment my friends and I encounter tends to take the form of brief but frustrating interactions: comments made just as men pass by on the street, over so quickly you rarely have a chance to respond. Just as frustrating as the harassment itself is the feeling of powerlessness that comes with not having had a chance to defend yourself or convey how the harassment affects you. Cards Against Harassment are designed to allow those who are harassed, or those who witness harassment, to give street harassers the feedback, however limited, that their behavior is unwelcome.”
The website offers many options depending on how each woman might choose to respond, all available as pdfs for free download.
They range from snarky:
To the more poignant:
Some seek to widen the harassers perspective:
While others are more blunt:
The website also includes cards for men and women that are harassed for their weight.
Lindsey has also created a series of videos of her encounters with cat-callers and her attempts to educate them on why their behavior is not appropriate.