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Shoshana Roberts in New York


How much unsolicited male attention does a woman endure while walking the streets of New York?

Prepare to cringe at the answer.

A video that's gone viral shows a woman walking solo around Manhattan – and the results are pretty shocking.

The social experiment: At the behest of the anti-street harassment group known as Hollaback!, video-marketing agency Rob Bliss Creative deployed a cameraman with a backpack – fitted with a hidden camera – to roam the streets of the Big Apple.

Walking behind the cameraman was actress Shoshana B. Roberts, who wore jeans and a black crewneck t-shirt and carried a microphone in each hand to capture audio.

Over a 10-hour period, Roberts was steadfastly approached by male strangers. The camera shows men leering, nodding and calling out to Roberts in hopes of getting her attention.

Within moments of Roberts setting out, male admirers try to engage her with their comments.

Several make feeble attempts to initiate a conversation with lines like, "How are you this morning?" and "Smile!"

Also in the mix: "What's up, girl?" "Damn!" and that old standby, "Hey, baby."

Other men are more aggressive. One chap obviously thinks he's paying Roberts a compliment by barking "Sexy!" in her direction.

Another chastises her for not acknowledging his existence: "Somebody's thanking you for being beautiful. You should say thank you more!"

At one point, a young man walks silently alongside Roberts – for more than five minutes – before he finally gives up and goes on his way.

All told, Roberts received 108 catcalls during the 10 hours, which averages to roughly one unsolicited comment every six minutes.

So far, the two-minute video compilation, which you can watch here, has been viewed nearly five-million times on YouTube.

Within hours of the video going online Tuesday, Roberts was the subject of disturbing harassment, reports New York Daily News.

On Tuesday, the Twitter account for Hollaback! (@Hollaback) tweeted, "The subject of our PSA [public service announcement] is starting to get rape threats on the comments. Can you help by reporting them?"


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