Breaking the Silence

Found this great quote in Chapter 19 of Barbara Perry's "Hate and Bias Crime: A Reader"

Regarding gender bias, "by recognizing the group-based animosity underlying these victimizations, we not only decry the violence but also take the first step in confronting the underlying attitude that allows violence to occur." (Weisburd and Levin 1994:41).

That is, breaking our silence and engaging in this forum for discussion allows us (a) to decry the culture of fear created by cat-calling and other behaviors that single out women in the public sphere, and (b) to begin confronting and changing the underlying attitudes toward women that make men feel like they can behave this way and that make women feel like this unwanted attention is inevitable.

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