What My Father Taught Me About Street Harassment

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My dad made it seem like it was normal to make cat-calls to people on the street.

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November 1, 2014
By Flood the Drummer
Street Harrasement

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By Christopher “Flood the Drummer®” Norris

 

11.1.14: Global – (Lifestyle):  My father – a former soldier and lady’s man who later became an ordained minister and three time husband – was quite the character. I didn’t get to spend as much time with him as I’d like growing up, but every moment in his presence was something to remember, though they weren’t always made-for-television memories.

Big Len, as my father was called by those that knew him best, was a hard-working man who loved beer, playing chess, listening to soul music, cooking big dinners, working on the back of a garbage truck, his car(s), his kids – though he had a weird way of showing it sometimes – and women with big breast, thighs and butts.

Whenever my pops – who was in a marriage or relationship for as long as I can remember – saw a voluptuous woman walking down the street, he’d roll down his car window, turn down his radio – which was usually playing music from the 50’s, 60’s or 70’s – and yell out what he perceived to be compliments of the highest nature.

As always, when this was done in front of me, I reminded him he was married or committed to someone. And as always, he would respond:

“Just ’cause a dog is tied to a tree don’t mean he can’t bark.”

 

 

 

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I understood what he was saying: looking and speaking ain’t cheating. He reinforced that principle often to me and after a while I started to not only believe it, I participated in street harassment, too,

So today when I watched the viral, racial bias video of a white woman walking through NYC and receiving cat-calls from black and brown faces, I hunched my shoulders and didn’t see the big deal. Yeah, a few of the guys were a bit aggressive, but overall my initial thoughts were: “these guys were pretty polite.”

But after reading articles and tweets from victims of street harassment and comprehending how it made them feel, I realized not only was I wrong for immediately downplaying the impact of street harassment, my father was wrong for performing it so nonchalantly  in front of me.

But the past is the past and I can’t take back the hundred of cat-calls my dad or I’ve dialed.

So moving forward, I’m disconnecting my hotline so that I no longer make outbound cat-calls. And to all my victims of street harassment: I’m sorry… I didn’t realize it was such a big deal.

 

 

 

 

 

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About Christopher “Flood the Drummer®” Norris

 

A Philly drummer playing a global beat, Christopher A. Norris is an award-winning journalist, online content producer and professional drummer endorsed by TRX Cymbals. An American businessman, Norris currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Techbook Online Corporation, overseeing a strategic initiative of mobilizing local, regional, national and global communities by encouraging the production, safeguarding and dissemination of diversified contents in the media and global information networks. Norris, known on stage as Flood the Drummer®, has launched a campaign to raise awareness regarding the health benefits of drumming.

A Philly drummer playing a global beat, Christopher A. Norris is an award-winning journalist, online content producer and professional drummer endorsed by TRX Cymbals. An American businessman, Norris currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Techbook Online Corporation, overseeing a strategic initiative of mobilizing local, regional, national and global communities by encouraging the production, safeguarding and dissemination of diversified contents in the media and global information networks. Norris, known on stage as Flood the Drummer®, has launched a campaign to raise awareness regarding the health benefits of drumming.

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