"Until I can walk down the street without forcing myself to look down when I see a man approaching, I will not subscribe to the belief that men and women today are equal. I am tired of being silent; I am tired of looking down in submission... It is time to hold our heads high."
"If it is not obvious to most men, let me make it clear. If you catcall, leer, whistle, and make sexually charged comments at women walking past you, you are a bully. Yes, you read correctly—a bully. You make me feel scared, you feed on my terror as your comments and presence force me into submission and I look down, avoiding your eyes. You, however, have the privilege of the male gaze; for that brief moment, your eyes roam freely over me and you own me through your gaze. I’m just an object—or rather, your object—that you can touch, comment on, and leer at."
"But I am asking parents, educators, and politicians to recognize that there is a problem, as real as any other. Street harassment is part of rape culture as it teaches men that women are sex objects that men have power over. Street harassment also teaches a woman that her voice is irrelevant and that she is subservient to men. If we want to end rape culture, we need to work on ending street harassment as well. Men of all ages need know that no matter what a woman is wearing, or how turned on they are, they do not have the right to harass women on the streets. It’s not women that need to change—their clothes, attitudes, or their mindsets. Rather, society needs to stop telling men that this type of behavior is OK. It’s not."