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ETA: Please note that, although all women face the possibility of street harassment, this form of oppression differentially affects WoC in that it starts earlier in their lives and may take more aggressive forms. For more detailed accounts of how street harassment is experienced differently by WoC, check out this blog post from Trudy at Gradient Lair and this xoJane article from Jamie Nesbitt Golden.

From Gradient Lair

The thing about discussing what Black women experience is that many White women come to silence us with “all women” rebuttals. However, street harassment is not experienced at the same frequency and intensity across the board. Race and class are factors. (Sexual orientation and being trans* are factors too.) While this is ignored by many middle class White women who want to dominate the discourse on…well anything in relation to women, other White women have shared with me that they have never experienced street harassment. I cannot imagine what “never” means. I’ve been harassed since I was 12. I am 33 now. Other White women have mentioned to me that they do experience harassment but quite rarely. They can’t fathom weeks with as many as 75 incidents.

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