Hollaback Video Inadvertently Exposes Underbelly of Sexual Predators: UPDATE
NOTE: This video, although it does not show genitalia, does involve copious profanity and is not safe for work.
But if you need a clear understanding of why women need to fight back, Broadsheet reveals the dirty underbelly of street assaulters in a recent post.
I’ve spent a lot of time investigating the darkest, dankest corners of the Web, and yet the troglodytes of the online world never cease to amaze me. Case in point: A YouTube cellphone video is making the rounds today of a woman fearlessly confronting a flasher on a New York City subway car. She tosses out expletives, sassy gesticulations and this choice line: “My plans are done for the night. I’m escorting you to the police station. Oh yes. Oh, fucking yes.” Curious about the traffic this winner of a video (which you will find below) was getting, I clicked over to YouTube and found that one of the top referrals comes from www.dickflash.com. Naturally, I couldn’t help peeking under that virtual rock and watching all the creepy crawlies slithering about.
As you might have guessed, it’s a message board site for “exhibitionists.” (I put that in quotes because non-consensually thrusting your naked bits on unsuspecting others is more accurately “harassment” or “assault.”) A user shared a link to the video and the comments came streaming in ([sic] from here on out): “Wow, what a red headed bitch,” “What a bitch she is. She should be thankful he flashed his dick at her,” “She should be on her knees giving thanks,” “poor guy,” “if she doesn’t want to see it she can just look away,” “It looks like he is new to the US and didnt at the time know how uptight American women can be about sex,” “i would rape the fuck out of that noisy bitch.”
It’s difficult these days to find a woman who hasn’t been accosted by a stranger, either by rubbing up against her in public or exposing himself. At this point, men yelling unwanted obscenities at us is the least of our concerns. And Clark-Flory’s post makes it clear that many of these men are actually honing their skills, trading tips on how to best accost a woman and get away from her quickly should she make a fuss in public.
These men are the epitome of predators, and women have to fight back to be safe on the streets.