Street Harassment: The Language of Sexual Terrorism

  title={Street Harassment: The Language of Sexual Terrorism},
  author={Elizabeth Arveda Kissling},
  journal={Discourse & Society},
  pages={451 - 460}
  • Elizabeth Arveda Kissling
  • Published 1991
  • Sociology
  • Discourse & Society
  • In this article I analyze the social meanings of men's public harassment of women unknown to them. I consider various interpretations of street harassment, such as the harmless girl-watching some men claim to engage in or the invasions of privacy many women perceive in such behavior. Next I discuss multiple social functions of such harassment, and argue that all of these functions can be seen to work together to produce an environment of sexual terrorism. I also include a brief discussion of… CONTINUE READING
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