It's sad how common street harassment has become in our culture. Sometimes it seems like I can't leave the house without hearing an unwanted comment from a stranger, and while it's not always safe to do so, it can be pretty cathartic and fun to respond with one of these hilarious comebacks to being street harassed.
I have experienced street harassment in all kinds of situations – going to work, driving, while pregnant, in my front yard, with my kids, outside of my kids' school, while running in a marathon, and so many other times when I was just minding my own business and trying to make it through the day. That's not OK. Women and non-cisgender people deserve to be able to walk down the street without being harassed. It's never a compliment, it needs to stop, and I, for one, am done letting it slide.
So, what can you do? I fight back with humor. It makes me feel strong, let's me break tension with laughter, and hopefully let's me send the message that I am not on this planet to look a certain way for the male gaze. Men aren't entitled to my body. I don't like unsolicited advice or comments, generally, and especially not when they are shouted by strange men and boys on the street. Also? I'm freaking tired of feeling scared.
From now on, when I feel safe doing so, I am going to respond, and I hope others will, too. Who knows? Maybe we can change the world, or at least have a few laughs at their expense.