Now this message from your sidewalk

Many women in Minneapolis have little chance of having the luxury of walking down the street without being accosted in some fashion by a man.

So “Lindsey,” who started Cards Against Harassment,” expanded the campaign by drawing messages on Hennepin Avenue on Wednesday night. The message to men wasn’t complicated: don’t do that; respect women.

A series of chalk messages carried theme of a nationwide campaign to end street harassment.

By midday, workers were scrubbing the sidewalks of the message.

  • Jack

    This is exactly why I preferred traveling with male colleagues on business trips – kept away this type of attention. They all got to hear my story of a very uncomfortable trip I had in 2009 and they made a point of watching out for their work “sister”. Thanks guys – even though we no longer work together, we still are very good friends.

  • Mike Worcester

    //The message to men wasn’t complicated: don’t do that; respect women.

    May we add to that — don’t be jerks; stop being sexist pigs; and, treat these women like you would want your own mother/sister/daughter treated.

    • Barton

      I know what you are trying to say, but really, you should treat women like you as a man would want to be treated, ie: like an equal.

      • Al

        Like you’d want any human in your family to be treated. We’re people, not just sisters, mothers, or daughters.

        • Barton

          exactly.

      • Mike Worcester

        Part of what I am also trying to get at is that men need to call out other men who engage in this behavior. When we don’t we simply enable it.

        • Ralphy

          I’m hesitant to call males that behave this way “men”.
          To be a man is to be an emotionally mature, contributing male member of our society.
          These males are selfish malignant tumors that have no regard for others.

  • Jaime Riotmuffin

    Minneapolis DID is literally the worst thing about downtown – the message could’ve been “Please don’t eat babies” and their attitude would be “Oh no! We must clean this up or the poor rich bankers downtown who might be offended will see this…”

    (Yeah I know I’ma get a couple hate messages for this sentiment probably, but unless you too have been involved in a campaign to raise awareness downtown I don’t wanna hear about it.)

    • Barton

      You are right, their remit it quite specific. Be nice, give directions and keep everything clean. And that means zero non-approved/non-Mpls Gov’t/non-MNDoT posters, chalking, stickers, etc.

      But they were recently very helpful when I confronted a man abusing his partner on Nicollet Mall. So, I do like seeing them on the streets….

    • Postal Customer

      Good grief. DID is NOT “literally” the worst thing about downtown. They pick up litter, and they’re friendly. I like them. Downtown is not a good place to be, but they help a little bit.

  • Will

    Does street harassment include expressing interest in my backside, specifically my wallet? I get tired of being asked for money walking down the street… just another form of harassment.

    • Kassie

      Because everything is always about men. Can’t this just be about the constant sexual harassment women experience on the street? Why did you have to make this about you?

      • Will

        Street harassment is a broad term, I feel it also includes pan handlers. Unwanted attention shouldn’t​ be acceptable no matter the reason.

        Reasonable people can disagree on things like this.

        • Barton

          since panhandlers frequently make sexual comments towards me as I walk by, then yes, it includes panhandlers. But when they just sit there, holding up a sign and not saying anything to you? no, that isn’t street harassment you are experiencing.

        • Kassie

          But this isn’t about the broad general term “street harassment.” It is about unwanted verbal sexual harassment of women by men. YOU tired to make it about YOU.

        • Veronica

          Will, how many times have you ever had a stranger compliment you and you worried about being raped?

          • Will

            Twice.

          • Veronica

            Liar.

        • Rob

          Sexual harassment while walking would seem to me to be a fairly narrow term. What part of it are you unclear on?

    • Al

      Do the people who ask you for money also tell you they like your wiggle, to smile for them, you’ve got a hot ass, or things they’d do to you if they had a snowball’s chance in hell of getting you 50 feet from their bedroom, all without you having even made eye contact with them?

      Then no. No, it does not.

      • Kassie

        Yep.

        Also, panhandlers are people looking to make money. They aren’t really “harassing” you any more than someone who insists on putting lotion on your hand at the mall or a door to door salesperson. Street harassers are doing it to intimidate or exert power over women, with the guise of getting them into bed.

        Oh yes, there are aggressive panhandlers, and laws against them. There are no laws against cat-calling, following or harassing women on the street. Something happens to a man that makes him uncomfortable, let’s make a law against it. Something happens to a woman, it is just a man showing his affection and honey, you should be flattered. BAH!

      • Will

        If I was ever in your presence and I heard a man speak to you like that I wouldn’t hesitate to confront the guy and get him to back the &#@! off.

    • Rob

      Ummm, no. Try again. The topic is women being verbally sexually harrassed while walking. Repeating this phrase to yourself several times may help you achieve clarity on the concept.