Women are seen as objects, regardless of their dress code. This is why women do not feel safe

Yesterday I had a meeting in town but it was rather busy so I had to park a block away and walk to the building. Didn’t think much of it.

As I was walking so many “men” tried to get my attention.

My first thought was I probably should have dressed differently. But I was in jeans and a T-shirt. It was hot so my hair was up, and most of my make up had melted away. I’m sure there was nothing “sexy” about me walking through town.

But these “men” clearly thought differently.

These guys were not just standing around waiting to check out the chicks, they were going about their business. Some in suits, and some dressed casually. Clean “normal” guys.

There were other women walking around, trying to go about their business and “men” were smirking the same comments at them.

At this point I realised how often this happens. When you’re walking into a mall or a shop, when you’re in the shop, when your standing waiting for your food at Kfc, when you’re trying to put your trolley away.

It happens all the time. No matter where you are, what you’re doing or what you’re wearing.

This is what women deal with on a daily basis.

This is why we don’t feel safe

Subscribe to our Newsletter here.


Please consider making a donation to Silent Rights to enable us to keep helping victims of abuse and violence. You can make a donation through payfast here.

Make a donation