It’s The Same In Every Country

After traveling extensively, a year ago I decided to set up and stay put here for awhile.
Every time I leave the house either going to work at 8am, going to the gym, out for an occasion without fail a man or a group, will say or do something in a derogatory and sexist way that quiet frankly makes me feel uncomfortable and somewhat abused!
I’m sick of being looked at or wolf whistled at or being called “baby” and “sexy” like a piece of meat.
Just last weekend I was walking in Bethnal Green at about 8 o’clock at night on a Saturday wearing jeans and a jacket when a car with a man pulled up beside me for about 200 meters asking if I was looking for business and “how much”, I ignored him until he kept persisting until I replied “no, go away”. He continued to follow me yelling in another language with every now and then adding in a “fucking” and a “slut”.
Stuff like this happens all the time, I won’t even leave the house with a short dress or shorts on, despite this being a country of freedom, with fear that I will cause myself unnecessary attention. It doesn’t matter if I am with my boyfriend even, it still happens! Where is the freedom in that? Honestly I have been to some Middle Eastern countries where women hold little status in society and this I can compare it to. WHAT THE HELL! What Country am I in? I have no rights and their isn’t a damn thing I can do beside put my head down and walk on and put up with it.

Submitted by Naomi.

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  1. Claire says:

    This is very sadly word for word the same thing here in Paris. I came here 15 years ago having been raised in New Zealand. No one told me I was coming to a country where, for want of a better expression, women were treated like dogs in the street. I have little support from people about this. They can’t believe it-they say France is the country of rights etc that they have never heard of this. When I ask people why they are staring or harassing me or commenting on my body or insulting and swearing at me they say it’s their right-what about my rights to just walk to work or to the shop??

    Thank you for your article

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