I think I want to be one.

I’m reading an article at the Atlantic by Conor Friedersdorf, regarding the policing of cat-calling. Quoting Professor Laura Beth Nielsen:

Invoking racist and sexist power in public places subordinates and excludes. It keeps women from going certain places, from taking certain routes, and from full engagement in society. The research is very clear on that. If we value full public, democratic, and civic participation, we have to stop the kinds of pervasive harassment that systematically exclude members of traditionally disempowered groups.

tl:dr? There is a historical foundation for criminalizing street-side sexual harrassment. She continues;

And if we value the First Amendment over that, we should at least acknowledge that our First Amendment freedoms come on the backs of those members of society already burdened by hierarchies of race, class, and sexual orientation.

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