Australian Politics & Current Affairs
Feminists have claimed a victory yesterday after a man who whistled at a woman in public was jailed for three years. The man, described as “broke, ugly, and overweight”, made the unwelcome sound in Sydney’s CBD last December. One witness described the whistle as “vile behaviour”, claiming at one stage he even made eye contact with the woman. “This is the equivalent of rape” another witness declared. “The most disgusting part of it all was that he directed his behaviour towards a middle-class white woman”.
The victory couldn’t have come at a better time, after the recent global “anti-street harassment week”. While World Health Organisation reports reveal that sex-trafficking in Asia, acid-burning in Pakistan, mass murder in the Middle East, widow-burning in India, mob attacks against in Algeria, and female infanticide in China are still prevalent, Twitter hashtag evidence suggests that street harassment remains the number one problem for women worldwide.
When asked to explain the difference between a welcome and an unwelcome advance, confusion arose. “I don’t know”, said one campaigner, “I guess it comes down to how hot the guy is. I mean, if he’s pretty decent, that’s cool, but if he’s kind of fat and gross, that’s just not on”. Another woman said that even though she had not left her house since Daily Life and Twitter were invented, “a friend of a friend once got a compliment from some dude”, and was outraged on her behalf.
Interestingly, one respondent actually complained that she had never copped any harassment from anyone. She is intending to launch her own “anti-anti-harassment” campaign, demanding equal treatment for attractive and unattractive women on the street.
To clear up the confusion, The Fair Call contacted feminist campaigner Clementine Ford for comment earlier today, and we have since been charged with rape.