degrading taunts no joke
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Shauna Hunt interviews two Toronto FC soccer fans in Toronto on Sunday, in this video frame grab. Hunt of CityNews was the latest woman to be heckled by a group of men shouting sexually explicit comments into her microphone as she tried to cover a local soccer game.
If you were blissfully unaware of its existence, FHRITP is an Internet meme that rose to prominence in early 2014. It was coined by a self styled American prankster named John Cain, who made several fake videos of a newscaster being interrupted by a passerby, intended to go viral. Since then, he had many imitators. And Cain milking the moment. There now an official FHRITP website, retailing official FHRITP merch.
Cain calls it a “movement that will live on.” Funny, I call it sexual harassment.
The phrase itself is meant to degrade women. While it true that both male and female reporters have been victims of this stunt, it doubly demeaning when directed at a female reporter which it overwhelmingly is.
Hunt should be applauded for shaming her harassers the way she did, but it important to recognize that many more women feel uncomfortable or unsafe doing the same. We must also recognize that it was not Hunt job to give street harassers a Very Special Lesson on why yelling a disgusting phrase at a female reporter is wrong. No, her job that day was to report from a soccer match.
If there an upshot to Hunt story, it that Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, the parent company of the Toronto FC soccer team, is taking what happened to her seriously. It said the perpetrators would be banned from future games if they are identified and promised to offer tighter security measures for female reporters covering future events. One of the hecklers has since been identified as Shawn Simoes. His employer is also taking the incident seriously. Simoes has been fired from his job at Hydro One.
Women and girls deal with street harassment daily. Need proof? Just ask them. It a world wide problem that doesn just take the form of catcalls on the street. A poll conducted in Paris last month revealed that 100 per cent of the 600 women surveyed said they experienced harassment on the Metro at some point in their lives. Think about that: 600 out of 600 converse cipő akció women have been subjected to everything from unwanted attention to groping while they were trying to get to and from work.
converse cipő bolt Yet when women talk about street harassment, we too often told it meant to be a compliment. An older woman once told me I miss the days of men paying attention to me on the street, as if an absence of daily objectification would be some great tragedy.
Or we told that we asking for it. With our hemlines. With our bare shoulders. With our shoes. But then, street harassment knows no season. A parka offers little protection.
In cases like this, converse nettbutikk we also told that converse cipő akció we can take a joke. Because that all FHRITP is, right? A joke.
And then, of course, it up to women to modify their behaviour. Take the compliment. Take the joke. Don be so uptight. Lighten up. Loosen up.
One of my oldest friends, Emily Baron Cadloff, is a television reporter. She says this happened to her with shocking regularity when she was working for Global News in Fredericton.
She wasn live when it happened, so the didn ruin a television broadcast. But it did ruin the day of a real live human woman. And when it happened twice in three days, it ruined her week. It is dehumanizing, she said.
“It hurts,” she tells me over email. “For a couple of reasons. I mean, first, I at work. This is my job. I don come to your work and shout obscenities at you. Second, it a reminder that no matter what I do, I a woman first. I not a reporter, I a female reporter. And as a woman, my comfort and safety and sense of self isn worth as much as your right to make your jokes.”