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Though many try to write off street harassment and catcalling—and humping a statue of an adolescent girl—as “boys being boys,” these actions “reflect cultural norms connected with space” and allow men to assert dominance over the public sphere. In the same way that catcalling and street harassment are ways of making women feel as if they are neither safe nor welcome in public, defacing monuments to women is a way of threatening women who publically take up space.
Monumental Misogyny: On Female Statues, Public Space, and Harassment | Bitch Media

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