More than 70 percent of women around the world have reported experiencing some sort of street harassment in their lifetime, according to Hollaback, an organization dedicated to ending street harassment.
For lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, that harassment is often linked to the threat of violence. A 2013 Hollaback Boston survey showed that 90 percent of LGBT people experienced some kind of street harassment. And it’s a problem that crosses borders. A May 2013 poll of 93,000 LGBT people living in the European Union revealed half of respondents avoided certain public spaces after experiencing street harassment.
So I told my Mum that I’m genderfluid and her first response was:
"Aren’t you worried that your gender is going to leak?"
I love my mom.
Some people love to shut down people who talk about trans and intersex issues by saying that they’re “only 1% of the population” and thus can be ignored since they “aren’t statistically significant enough.”
By that logic, we can now systematically ignore:
- The entire state of Rhode Island
- Anyone who makes over $500,000 a year
- Pacific Islanders