The statistical consensus of social science points to the overwhelming prevalence of street harassment as a gendered phenomenon that targets women disproportionately to men. This demonstrates that it is not sufficient to conclude that some men are malicious. Rather, street harassment represents a norm of a generalized, shared claim that men make to social power, and the ownership of women’s lives and sexual status.
Not only are the aforementioned arguments ineffective at deflating the video’s intent, they move us toward the wrong sorts of conversations regarding the matter at hand. Instead of trying to correct our reactions toward the video or determine whether people have a right to be offended, we ought to be focusing on discussing what the video intends to convey without minimizing or writing off any reactions to it.
As a nod, it seems, to the anniversary of Hill’s hearing and recent controversy surrounding Title IX rights on campus, Stanford University sponsored a two-day conference from October 16th to 17th with Professor Anita Hill. The conference featured a new documentary and workshops on Hill’s hearing and sexual harassment in the workplace.