What Smiling in Public Means When You’re Targeted by Street Harassment

“All this over one little smile.”

Being friendly in public seems so simple – right?

Not for so many women, or other people misgendered as women. Street harassment, and the expectation that women exist to be objectified, can make one little smile into a much bigger deal.

See if you can relate to this story of one woman’s frustrations with existing in public with a smile on her face.

With Love,
The Editors at Everyday Feminism

Smile, the world is watching

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Alli was a Contributing Comic Artist for Everyday Feminism from 2015 to 2017. They are the creator of the webcomic PunkPuns and the vocalist of the L.A. queer feminist punk band P.I.T. Alli has a degree in English Literature, which is cheerfully wasted in pop literary criticism discourse on Tumblr.