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When you experience sexism or sexual harassment, it’s common to feel a wave of emotions wash over you – fear, anger, embarrassment, shame, and often shock or panic. It’s often incredibly difficult to respond in the heat of the moment, and victims frequently report the frustration of feeling frozen. Sometimes you think of a witty comeback hours later and wish you’d had it at the tip of your tongue in time.
Let’s be very clear – it is never a victim’s duty or responsibility to shout back. We won’t solve any kind of sexism by telling the people experiencing it to react in a certain way, we’ll stop it by preventing the perpetrators from doing it in the first place. Often, it’s not safe to respond, particularly if you are isolated, or fear the situation could escalate. But for those times when you do wish you had a quick comeback, the Twitter followers of the Everyday Sexism Project shared a deluge of wonderful, witty responses this week.
Some were delightfully cunning.
Lorna Farrington @lolly_chops – “guy makes orgasm noise at me as I walk past. Me: ‘that will probably be the only time you ever hear that noise in your life'”
Amanda @KrezzyNL – “a guy kept harassing me for my phone number so I gave him the number of another sexist, figured they’d have a lot in common”
Sally Preston @_sallypreston_ Man: “Nice tits.” Me: “If you’re going to be a sexist pig at least be accurate. I have fantastic breasts.” Silence….
Eleanor Hyde @eleanorhydenl – “two French men on tube discussing me in Fr: ‘She’s far too tall [6’+] for a woman’. Me: ‘Oui, elle parle français en plus'”
Cleo R @CleoR7 – “Managed to stop white van full of men mid-catcall by shoving a big powdery donut into my mouth then smiling with mouth full”
Katherine Atkinson @ScattKat – Bloke: ‘you’re a bit too thin for me’. Me: ‘that’s lucky because you’re a bit too thick for me’
Amy Butterworth @butterworthamy MAN: “Ive got the F, C and K, all I need is U” ME: “I’ve got the B, Y and E, so I don’t need U”
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