“The Woman in the Street”: Reclaiming the Public Space from Sexual Harassment

Scientific paper by Deborah M. Thompson, published in Yale Journal of Law & Feminism, 1993

“Street harassment represents perhaps the most common and frequent type of sexual harassment encountered by women in the United States and throughout the world.6 Although street harassment is a pervasive phenomenon, surprisingly little sociological study or scholarly analysis has been conducted to explore the dynamics of the behavior and to determine the cumulative impact of public sexual harassment on women and society. As with many other harms to women, street harassment is too often dismissed as a trivial and natural fact of life that women must simply tolerate.”

The Woman in the Street_ Reclaiming the Public Space from Sexual Harassment