Woman walks streets with hidden camera, what video captured will disgust, shock you

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NEW YORK — A woman wearing jeans and a T-shirt walked around New York City for 10 hours while a hidden camera recorded every step and every word spoken to her by the men she passed.

The video was posted on YouTube Tuesday by “Hollaback,” a non-profit devoted to ending street harassment in cities around the world.

 In the video, actress Shoshana Roberts walks silently across several neighborhoods throughout the city and is approached and harassed by strangers.

At one point in the video, Roberts is followed for more than five minutes by a stranger.

Later in the video, she is berated by a stranger trying to give her his phone number.

At the end of the video, the filmmaker reveals that in the 10 hours of shooting, Roberts was subjected to more than 100 instances of verbal street harassment.

“This doesn’t include the countless winks, whistles, etc,” the filmmaker said.

Hollaback calls on women across the world to record incidents of street harassment and share them publicly to bring both awareness to the issue but also to bring it to an end.

“We envision a world where street harassment is not tolerated and where we all enjoy equal access to public spaces,” the organization stated on its website.

Source: KCPQ

60 comments

    • Kel

      So a woman is supposed to walk around looking dumpy to avoid unwanted attention? Don’t think so . “Complimenting” someone doesn’t make them uncomfortable.

    • Candy

      I agree that the men who say offensive things to women walking by are tacky pigs and have no class, however there is a hidden agenda behind this whole “social experiment” that we need to look at. Whether the comments were offensive or not, we cannot and should not do anything legally to end “cat calls”. In doing so we would then be taking away the peoples right of freedom of speech.
      If we support anything that can stop us from saying what we think, then we have lost some of our freedom.
      This is how it works, they try to stir the emotions of people so they will want to stop these offensive comments by using a smokescreen of a “social experiment”.
      The end result of these things is total loss of freedom of speech and we won’t even be able to verbally dislike a food or the color yellow in public without being throw in jail for “hate speech”!
      Wake up people, try to look past the smokescreens to see what the real agenda is, and see if you would like to live in a communist country where you will not be able to express yourself for fear of going to jail.

  • K

    It’s not that women are trying to be rude or think all men are evil but we’re taught how to keep ourselves safe. I’m not saying it’s bad to give a woman any attention, but when it’s unreciprocated please stop! Men aren’t aware of how different it is for a woman to walk outside and the fear or “prey mentality” a we can feel in this situation, even if the catcallers think it’s innocent. And even if we don’t feel threatened, it’s extremely uncomfortable every time.

  • goodros_nemesis

    More than half of the comments she received were men simply trying to be decent people. Granted, some went waaay beyond nice, but saying “Good morning,” or “Have a nice day!” are not harassment. Just because you don’t know the guy doesn’t automatically mean you are being sexualized. The fact that she was refusing to acknowledge any of them kind of blew the viability of this social experiment; she came across as a too-good-for-you snob by not even looking at the people who were talking to her.

  • John Hooten

    10 hours of walking crowded streets, and she got 1:30 of friendly greetings and compliments “Hey, how are you”…. “Hi”,…. etc., and :30 seconds of inappropriate “Dayumn!!” ‘s…. I’m sorry, but this constitutes harassment? Did anybody threaten her? No. Women can really be ridiculous. Women want men to hit on them, only if the women are attracted to the man making the advance. If the man is not attractive, then it is offensive….. but men are the sexist ones in this scenario. HMMMM.

  • Nicole

    There are more important things to worry about than woman being complimented on the streets. Nobody said anything vulgar to her. If anything it should just boost her confidence. I think it’s worse to walk the streets without getting any attention then I would be worried !

  • Kale Albert

    While some of the interactions were definitely harassment, many featured in this video were men simply saying hello. We should nonetheless acknowledge that she faced harassment, and that many of the men featured likely did not perceive their actions as harassment. Harassment is tricky because it is subjective. Harassment is defined by the victim of the harassment in question. The root of the problem here isn’t the harassment, but the objectification behind the actions that are being defined as harassment.

  • David Whittington

    This video is shot in New York City … cat calls are the norm … the girl is a hottie … it would be unusual if she got NO cat calls at all in NYC … she should now go walk around in downtown Provo and search for cat calling males … she would then get ZERO cat calls… this whole video experiment is ridiculous.

    • Julio

      Wrong! In Provo there are males from Latin America where we call this Street Flirting or Throwing Flowers. The big difference is in the content and in the response. In fact, it’s a cultural trait, centuries in the making. The content: What the heck is: Hey baby, hey beautiful? In Latin America that is insulting. Now compare this to the first poem that she would get, because she’s dress in black: Who died in Heaven that the angels are mourning dressed? Quien murió en el cielo que los Ángeles están de luto? The Response? NONE is expected. This is borderline. But if the girl even cracks a smile, then one would consider an acceptance and would follow her for more than 5 minutes. Some girls say thanks if the guy is good looking but at the risk that he is a jerk. BTW, the brothers of the girl being followed and asked to talk, would bear up the guy. Our she might ask a policeman to ask the guy to stop HARASSING her. My advice: be careful where you walk, and NEVER acknowledge a comment. Never think that hey baby is a compliment; it’s the lowest form of “compliment”.

  • Julio

    Wrong! In Provo there are males from Latin America where we call this Street Flirting or Throwing Flowers. The big difference is in the content and in the response. In fact, it’s a cultural trait, centuries in the making. The content: What the heck is: Hey baby, hey beautiful? In Latin America that is insulting. Now compare this to the first poem that she would get, because she’s dress in black: Who died in Heaven that the angels are mourning dressed? Quien murió en el cielo que los Ángeles están de luto? The Response? NONE is expected. This is borderline. But if the girl even cracks a smile, then one would consider an acceptance and would follow her for more than 5 minutes. Some girls say thanks if the guy is good looking but at the risk that he is a jerk. BTW, the brothers of the girl being followed and asked to talk, would bear up the guy. Our she might ask a policeman to ask the guy to stop HARASSING her. My advice: be careful where you walk, and NEVER acknowledge a comment. Never think that hey baby is a compliment; it’s the lowest form of “compliment”.

  • Pedro

    “… Is as much unfare women lisen man “compliments”, as man be forbidden to manifest their selfs … ”
    Like in some many others social matters : Is a question of good sense, and depens a lot of the man and woman involved.
    Both have freedom to sexual express them selfs. Excluing harassment, GOOD SENCE APLLYS to this situations.
    Bad of the world when man dont react to female presence !!

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