Is every woman you meet a porn star to you?

I was going home, not even late (8.30-9 pm) on Friday, and debating whether to walk along the park, which can be a bit dark, or make a big detour. I opted for the former as there were enough people passing through for it to look relatively safe. Two men approached me, introduced themselves, saying they were from Belgium and were shooting a porn film in one of the hotels nearby, and proceeded to ask me if I could replace an actress for a scene for 5000 euros. I said I wasn’t interested; they tried to insist; I reiterated and walked away.

I felt insulted that they would attempt to recruit a woman on the street. Plus this sounds seriously dodgy: what were they really looking for? I hate that I cannot feel safe walking down the street at night, or even sitting anywhere by day. Who does public space belong to? Certainly not non-accompanied women, who are invariably read as “available”.

Submitted by Anne

What would you have told those scumbags to do? Do Anne’s harassers sound like any underworld creatures you’ve had the misfortune of running into? How about showing your solidarity and donating $5 today.

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  1. Lori says:

    As a curvy girl I seem to find the same reaction wherever I seem to go. I am at a point that I barely go out at night or even during the day alone and no one should have to live that way. I mind my own business but seemed to run into some nut with some sort of sexual perversion. I don’t know what to do or if there is anything that I can do to prevent it???? How confusing and mixed up!!

  2. You have accidentally uncovered the underlying reason for the increase in street harassment: it’s the porn they’ve all been watching. In the parallel universe of today’s pornography, you can walk up to a random woman and tell her you’d like to fuck her, and she’ll actually agree! The porn users are trying to apply this concept to real life, and you are part of their experiment.

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