The video, “10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Woman,” shows Shoshana B. Roberts silently walking through Manhattan behind Bliss, who is filming her with a camera hidden inside a backpack. Though she does not engage with anyone, she is “complimented,” told to “smile,” and leered at by men.
“What’s up girl? How you doing?” one man says early on. “Somebody’s acknowledging you for being beautiful. You should say thank you more.”
Other men are shown following Roberts without her consent, including one who tails her for five minutes.
“Maybe the guys who see this and don’t understand may still think there’s nothing wrong with this,” Bliss told Think Progress. “But at least for the first time, they got to experience a little bit of what it’s like to go through a day of getting harassed.”
According to another advocacy group, Stop Street Harassment, 65 percent of U.S. women have experienced street harassment.
“Street harassment is a new term for an old phenomenon. It can include stalking, groping, verbal and physical assault that happens in public space,” Hollaback states on its website. “Even though there are no population level studies, smaller city-wide studies in the US, Canada, Egypt, and India indicate that it is a pervasive and serious problem.”
Roberts, who became part of the project after answering a classified ad, said the video captured “really just a day in the life for me.”
Watch the video, as posted online on Tuesday, below.