New Yorkers Respond to #YesAllWomen

Monday, May 26, 2014

Women are sharing personal, negative experiences of being victims of harassment or sexual abuse on Twitter using #YesAllWomen. It's a response to the misogynistic manifesto written by Elliot Rodger, the man responsible for a shooting rampage that left seven people, including himself, dead in California.

The tag is trending in globally — and in New York. 

Manhattan-based Rachel Sklar, founder of a network and media platform for women called, said the trend is about the collective experience of being a woman, but that in cities like New York, there are specific, common experiences women tend to have. In response to fears for their safety, she said, women are "looking around at who's near you on the subway, in a crowded subway paying attention to who's pressed up against you, and in an empty subway, making sure you're aware of who else is on that subway car if you're getting on it late at night." 

New Yorkers like Sklar have been tweeting about their experiences. Some of these are below:


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Comments [5]

Rebecca from Washington Heights

@Emily I agree that women should respond and react to the harassment. It will only stop if we call it out for what it is and make the men who do it accountable for their actions. I was recently in Boston and a guy walking by me grabbed my crotch. My boyfriend and I screamed at him and called him out for what he did, but as we walked away I overheard a group of women talking about how he had grabbed them too and not one of them had spoken up and yelled at him to get away. There was also more than one occasion in NYC where I have seen a woman being physically assaulted by a man in a busy area and people just passed by them like it was perfectly normal. I was the only one to say something, and at all of 5'2" and 110 lbs, should not have been the one to intervene. I find it extremely disappointing that women and men are not more vocal when they see harassment and assault happening.

May. 27 2014 04:06 PM

@rh from near nyc

Wow- someone needs to look up the definition of victim blaming. Fast!!

May. 27 2014 03:04 PM
rh from near nyc

I don't get it. In this day and age of cell phone cameras and internet, how come these guys are not being busted for harassment?

And I also don't get how all women should support women who dress inappropriately, in ways that a man would not be allowed to dress. For example, if one of my teen's male teachers had his shirt low enough to see half his chest, he would be reprimanded and sent home. Yet some of his female teachers think it is perfectly fine to do so. Same thing with skirt/shorts length.

Anyone who is harassed should report it. If you don't report it, YOU are part of the problem. There were several examples told on the air, where the harassment was continual and the parties involved identifiable. Report it, or don't complain.

An example in my family is my MIL's racism. She had undertones of racism for several years, but when we had our first child, she continued with this behavior until I had to threaten to not visit her and explained why. *I* was part of the solution trying to solve the problem, not only protect my children from overt racist remarks, but also tell her "hey, that IS important to me".

Stop being a victim and report harassers.

May. 27 2014 01:51 PM
Emily from Omaha, NE

I've had similar experiences of harassment while living in NYC or observing the way men treat women on the street in NYC. Speaking of the milder forms of harassment, such as making lewd comments, hissing, etc., I don't understand why women don't call them on it. I've done it multiple times. I've stopped a cab on the street that made a comment to me in passing and started yelling at him. Or I'll call out the behavior loudly. It actually surprises and embarrasses the men who do it. I get sick of women acting passively in these circumstances - the men should be embarrassed, not us. Of course this is only regarding mild forms of harassment, and does not talk at all of other types of sexually violent behavior.

May. 27 2014 12:49 PM
Bonn from East Village

Bc I am a single woman in my family, I have been harassed by some of the male relatives. Got really bad til one of them finally died.

May. 27 2014 10:14 AM

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