Last year, catcalling went from an annoying reality of the urban woman's commute to, arguably, the biggest women's rights issue of the decade, thanks to a viral video called "10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Woman."
Yet, for many women, the sexism persists — the only difference is now, they refuse to take it lying down.
Earlier this week, Dublin resident Jenny Stanley penned a letter to Irish newspaper The Independent to recount the sexual harassment she'd faced just a few nights prior.
She was waiting at her bus stop late one Saturday evening, trying to ignore the groups of passing men and their “wolf whistles, comments on my physical appearance and 'hellos,'” when one man said something that made Stanley recognize her own vulnerability.
Stanley admits that she was scared and felt “powerless” as a lone woman facing a group of aggressive men. So she left — and as she walked, she noticed countless other women wearing the same facial expression she was: One of frustration and fear — but also resignation.
Stanley asked herself why she doesn't speak up, why we don't all speak up, why anyone allows this aggressive, degrading male behavior to continue.
Stanley's full, powerful letter appears in the October 19 issue of The Independent. Read it here.