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I’m beginning to hate men, I am beginning to hate walking outside. I am turning into a racist. I’m becoming an asshole. I wish I could carry around a sword.
Today on the F train towards Jamaica at about 8:00am, a man with reflective shades sat in front of me in a crowded train. It seemed strange that he had been wearing reflective sunglasses in the morning in an underground train. I soon realized that after a couple of minutes, he was masturbating. At this moment, I leaned in and yelled if that’s what he’s doing. He could not respond; however, because this is the second time this has happened to me, I decided to yell some more. I was enraged. I am so sick and tired of being harassed. I’m becoming an asshole with no tolerance for this type of behavior. So, I continued to yell at this man until the entire train knew what he was doing. I woke the lady next to him to inform her that she had been sitting next to an pervert masterbater. Then, I proceeded to curse this guy out some more. Then to my surprise another man on the train started to yell at him saying that if he doesn’t stop that he was going
to hurt him.
ATTENTION: WOMEN PLEASE SAY SOMETHING !!!
I think what surprised me the most was not that someone stood up with me, but that it was a man. None of the women on the train said anything when they heard and understood what was happening to me. Are we that afraid? We need to ban together and look out and help each other. When I see other women getting harassed, I always jump in to help. Where are the women to help me? How can we curb this type of harassment, if not everyone tried to change it.
What can I do to help change this?
Submitted by Michelle
Reposted from Stop Street Harassment:
Dr. Kimberly Fairchild is one of the few academics studying street harassment. Check out her article from 2008, written with Laurie A. Rudman: “Everyday stranger harassment and women’s self-objectification” in Social Justice Research, 21(3), 338-357. Her article is based on research she conducted at Rutgers University about street harassment and its relationship to women’s self-objectification. In a one-sentence summary, she examined the question: if men objectify women in public, are the women likely to internalize that view of themselves and objectify themselves?
Currently, she’s examining whether or not changes in context alter women’s responses to street harassment and she’s also studying women’s emotional responses. She’s conducting an online survey as part of her research and is working to gather more responses, especially from men (for contrast). Please take it and share the link. Thanks!
Submitted by the incredible filmmaker, Nuala Cabral
This perv was trying to sell a watch on the W train while touching himself and looking up women’s skirts. It was pretty tragic.
Submitted by Elizabeth
From the New York Post:
A tech-savvy skirt-chaser fitted his boots with cameras and victimized women as they walked through Union Square Park, cops said yesterday.
Eric Pierson, 43, from Brooklyn, was seen walking behind women near East 15th Street.
He was carrying a viewer, which was connected by wires through his pockets to tiny cameras lodged in the tongues of his boots, cops said.
Police moved in on him on Sept. 2 and found recordings showing the legs and underwear of another eight victims, authorities said.
Pierson was arrested and charged with unlawful surveillance.
I just got back home from work. While half way there on the D train to Brooklyn, I was watching a music video on my Ipod, I decided to look up to see what stop I’m at and saw a man sitting at the back end across from me, jerking off. He was staring at me too, it was soooo very disgusting, the train wasn’t even empty, there was a women sitting close to him too, but she was sleeping and there were plenty of other people near where I was sitting, I can’t believe he got the nerves. I would’ve snapped a picture and report it but I left my phone at home… ugh the worst time not to have a camera.
Submitted by Anonymous
Drawn and submitted by Jenny at the Zombie Logic Blog.
My girlfriend and I were reading in a cafe in Union Square. I leaned over to give her a kiss and this perv starts taking pictures with his camera phone. My girlfriend has a camera phone and suggested I take his picture. This isn’t the first time a man has taken pictures of us when we are out together. He’s definitely one to keep an eye out for if you’re gay and out with your girl.
The recent story of the perv caught masturbating on the train has hit a nerve. It’s no surprise, it seems like everyone in New York has either seen someone masturbating on the train or knows someone that has. The subway cars are the living rooms of New York: we read, daydream, listen to music, play video games, and sip coffee. Interupting this moment of solice, isn’t just annoying – it’s scary.
Kudos to Amy Zimmer and the Metro for taking another look at this story, here. HollabackNYC’s Emily May is quoted, “the MTA says crime is down over the last three years, but crime to who?,” she asked. the Canadians have also taken note, and recently did this piece on BBN3:
NBC is reporting that the man whose picture was taken while masturbating on the subway was caught. Hollaback’s Emily May was interviewed for the story on behalf of New Yorkers for Safe Transit:
“You know, I’ve seen hundreds of women try and take these reports to the police, and sometimes they are successful. Sometimes they will get someone who is good. Most of the time, they’re not.”
To see the full story, click here. The question is: do you have to take your story to the media for the police to take action? I hope the police will take this story to heart and set protocols and procedures that keep all New Yorkers safe.
Check out our friends at Stop Street Harassment for a comprehensive look at the story.