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Street Harassment as a Genderless Concern in the Age of Technology

Boateng, Kalema

This paper explores street harassment and its implications in society from the legal as well as personal consequences of the victimized subjects of street harassment to the gender norms and assumptions drawn from the issues regarding street harassment. Street harassment is not looked upon as a genderless issue but rather dichotomized between the victims being women and men being the attackers. The sources however vary in their language as well as target. Bowman (1993) suggests that women are the predominant targets of street harassment which causes them to be victimized in a double entendre which she names "ghettoization." Mui and Murphy (2002) demonstrate in their book of multiple essays that harassment in the public sphere embodies compound layers of issues regarding, race, class and gender. This paper attempts to examine the multitude of layers offered by Bowman (1993), Mui and Murphy (2002) while questioning how the role of technology Hollaback (2005) acts as an asset or hindrance to street harassment in order to conceptualize street harassment reform. If in fact we can decode the implications of street harassment by acknowledging its gendered assumptions we may begin to accept street harassment as a new age progressive movement.

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Academic Units
Psychology (Barnard College)
Thesis Advisors
McKenna, Wendy
Degree
B.A., Barnard College
Published Here
April 13, 2011
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