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Born to Be a Badass

Jul 19, 2021

In this episode, I discuss:

  • Common examples of and statistics on street harassment 
  • How street harassment can affect targets
  • What you can do about street harassment if you're a target
  • A larger perspective on street harassment, more solutions for protecting yourself from predators and reasons behind predatory behavior


Key Takeaways:

  • It's not productive to engage harassers. Your number one goal is being safe, not teaching an asshole a lesson. 
  • Most harassers are generally harmless, but some are actually predators - listen to your intuition, pay attention to what your primal survival system is telling you.
  • Be prepared to take action when you need to. When they move from verbal to physical, you absolutely have to act. You may ask a bystander to walk with you, draw attention to people around, or fight. Do whatever it takes to drive them away.
  • There’s nothing wrong with you. You have the right to take space in this world, a right to go about your life unimpeded, and fend off unwanted unwelcome comments, gestures and touching. Walk confidently, listen to your intuition and don’t let predators take your joy away from you. 


“Your body and your life are worth protecting. So be prepared to do whatever it takes to protect yourself." —  Cynthia Jolicoeur Rood



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