Instead of meekly ignoring a stranger's lewd comments or going off on the bum, why not offer him (or, to be fair, her) a pocket-sized card printed with an educational message instead? Hollaback Philly, the anti-street-harassment group known for their creative tactics, have come up with another offbeat idea, this time in the form of harasser cards, and they want your help in testing them.
Milder offenses ("Damn, you looking fine today") warrant a yellow card rebutting, "What you may have viewed as a compliment was actually harassment." If you feel comfortable enough, Hollaback Philly suggests that you explain to your harasser what about his behavior was unsavory so he can learn from the experience.
For those foul-mouthed degenerates beyond help there's a red card to express outrage: "You crossed the line from respectful human interaction to making a person feel scared and unsafe." And if you see someone combatting street-harassment, hand him a blue card to show your appreciation (and maybe smile).
You can get involved in Hollaback Philly's pilot program by emailing them at gro.kcaballohi@yllihp or finding them on Facebook/Twitter.
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