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Jude Calvert-Toulmin

Sexual Street Harrassment – The Power of Words

Here’s how I responded to just one of many incidents of sexual street harrassment that happen to me almost every time I leave the house. You can use this tactic too, to reduce your attacker to shame and embarrassment. 

Cycling back from the pool and I pass a Mark Zuckerberg lookalike standing at the bus stop. He’s about twenty-one. He looks me up and down with a sneer of entitlement and arrogance.

Arrogant male (at me): Push up those pumpkins…

Me (getting off bike, standing on pavement facing him and looking at him quizzically): Sorry, I didn’t quite get that. What did you say?

Arrogant male (cockily): I said “Push up those pumpkins.”

Me: What? I didn’t hear you properly. What did you say?

Arrogant male (slightly embarrassed): Push up those pumpkins.

Me: Push up those what?

Arrogant male (nervously): Pumpkins…

Me: What exactly does that mean? What do you mean, pumpkins?

Arrogant male: I don’t know…pumpkins…

Me: I don’t understand and I want you to explain exactly what you mean by saying to me “Push up those pumpkins”.

Arrogant male: I…I…don’t understand either…I…I’m sorry…

Me (getting back on bike): You should be.

 

Sexual Harrassment - The Magic of Shaming and Embarrassing Your Attacker: Me (getting off bike, standing on pavement facing him and looking at him quizzically): Sorry, I didn’t quite get that. What did you say? Arrogant male (cockily): I said “Push up those pumpkins.” Me: What? I didn’t hear you properly. What did you say? Arrogant male (slightly embarrassed): Push up those pumpkins.

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