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There are a million little things that women have to worry about that most men will probably never understand. A lot of those things have to do with personal safety.

Women have to worry about whether it's safe to walk home alone. They are concerned when getting into an Uber alone after a night out. They also have to be cautious when selling things online because they could unknowingly be making a deal with a predator.

A woman known as Amber J. shared a scary conversation on Reddit that she had with a man trying to purchase an iPhone she was selling online.

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Wednesday Addams vs. The Catcallers

“Why do you feel compelled to yell vile things at women you don’t know?”

About a year ago I was walking down the street in Soho when a huge guy, about 300 pounds or so, turned to his friend as I walked past and shouted “Damn, girl. I’d like to pick you up and throw you against a wall.” My throat closed up, all 4 foot 10 inches of me and my stomach flipped, and my palms began to sweat. I felt sick, confused, uncomfortable, angry, and viscerally afraid. But what could I really do about it? In instances similar to this before I’ve tried yelling back, I’ve tried the angry stare down—all that got me was insults, and more fear. I stared through the swarms of people criss-crossing the sidewalk ahead of me and quickened my pace. Every woman you know has a story like this.

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Watch These Undercover Mothers Catch Their Catcalling Sons In The Act (UPDATED)

When it comes to fighting street harassment, mothers know best. (UPDATED)

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Odds are that we’ve all heard someone say something incredibly vulgar or hurtful or inappropriate and thought to ourselves, “You talk to your mother with that mouth?” Well, in this anti-street harassment video, that exact sentiment is taken to the next level. As The Huffington Post explains:

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How Does Herman Cain Prove His Innocence? By Trotting Out His Wife, Of Course

When it comes to sexism, a politician has no choice but to convince the public that if his loyal wife believes him, we should, too.


Yesterday we presented Herman Cain with a 10-step path to redemption after a sexual harassment scandal, but we seem to have forgotten one important step: The "stand by your man" routine. “You will meet my wife publicly, in an exclusive interview that we are currently planning and anticipating,” Cain advertised on Fox News yesterday. Not only is Gloria Cain, Herman's wife of 43 years, going to stand by her man, but she's going to speak for him, too.

By this time, it's a well-worn cliché: No matter how successful or media-shy, the good wife makes an appearance at the press conference to validate her man's claims of innocence (or contrition). There are some exceptions, of course—Huma Abedin was conspicuously absent from the podium during Anthony Weiner's sexting scandal. But when claims of sexism are involved, a hard-line conservative like Cain has no choice but to convince the public that if a woman—his loyal wife, no less!—believes him, we should, too.

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Can Herman Cain Shake Off Those Sexual Harassment Charges? Easily Can Herman Cain Shake Off Those Sexual Harassment Charges? Easily.

Reports of sexual harassment charges against Herman Cain threaten to end his campaign. But never fear, Herman, there's a time-worn path to redemption.


It's been less than 24 hours since Politico reported that two different female employees at the National Restaurant Association issued complaints in the 1990s about their then-boss, Herman Cain, and his campaign is scrambling to pick up the pieces. After an awkward "I know you are, but what am I?" response to reporters yesterday, Cain is now denying the allegations. Chances are this won't be the end of it. But Cain shouldn't be too worried. From Clarence Thomas to Dov Charney to Kobe Bryant to Dominique Strauss-Kahn to Julian Assange, powerful men faced with allegations of sexual assault or harassment typically follow a 10-step path to redemption in the public eye.

Step 1: Media outlets reveal the accuser's identity. The first step in most public sexual harassment cases comes when the media reveal the identity of the anonymous woman (or women) destroying the man's reputation. Cain said today that he wasn't going to waste time "chasing anonymous sources." But this is the wrong move. Cain should take a cue from Strauss-Kahn: The game changes when all the players are known.

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