It may be difficult to absorb the level of harassment women have to put up with in public on a daily basis until it is actually witnessed firsthand – which is exactly what this video offers.
Rob Bliss of Rob Bliss Creative reached out to street harassment awareness group Hollaback! in August 2014 with an intriguing offer: He volunteered to walk around in front of actress Shoshana B. Roberts with a camera in his backpack for 10 hours to document the on-the-street harassment she faced on a daily basis. (Roberts held two microphones in her hands to capture the audio.)
The resulting video is not pleasant.
Men catcall Roberts, ask – or in some cases, command – her to smile, and, perhaps most disturbingly, walk silently beside her for extended periods of time.
Street harassment, in all its forms, has been getting more and more exposure in 2014, thanks to the efforts of people like Bliss and Roberts and organizations like Hollaback!
But as this video demonstrates, it’s still a very real and unsettling problem.