Women are sick and tired of the sexual harassment that seems to have become commonplace in society today. They are fed up with the catcalling, inappropriate touching and objectifying, and seem to have reached a tipping point.
At least, one women in Brazil has had enough. She took matters into her own hands after she claimed that a man objectified her on the street while she was working, handing out flyers.
A controversial video has surfaced, which shows a young woman in Ribeirao Preto city centre handing out flyers and then pinning a man to the sidewalk. The woman holds him down with one foot while she accuses him of harassing her.
The man claims he is innocent and was simply “out shopping with his wife and has done nothing wrong”. The women continues to shout at him, saying she is tired of being “touched and sexually harassed” while just doing her job.
The woman’s anger escalates and she then yells, “I’m fed up being treated like a sex object. Is it boobs you want?” and proceeds to pull off her t-shirt. She then exposes her breasts and straddles the man.
The woman then slaps the man and aggressively shoves her breasts into his face. Onlookers are torn as to how to react. Some support the woman, while others find her reaction extreme.
‘This is absurd, there is no justification for doing this,” said one witness. “How can you do this in front of children in the city center?” While other witnesses thought the unnamed woman’s actions could be considered courageous, and that she has “exposed and humiliated the attacker”.
As it turns out, the entire incident was staged as a piece of performance art by a local theatre company.The event actually took place at the end of last year, and was created by the Confluências Group.
The theatre company wanted to show support for women through the staged retaliation. Fausto Ribeiro, who is the director of the Confluências Group, explained their intentions:
“We wanted to expose and address something that happens every day to our sisters and female friends. This was meant to challenge people’s perceptions and empower women with the shock tactic of retaliation. We wanted to force men to think more responsibly about their actions and the consequences.”
It also highlights the difficulties women can face in the workplace related to sexual harassment. Although the video was originally made last year, it has regained popularity amidst the recent sexual abuse scandals in Hollywood.
The video did receive heavy criticism, and was initially removed despite having over one million views upon its first posting. However, since being reposted, it has once again gone viral.
However, the woman’s actions still remain controversial, and the company that she pretended to work for in the video has denied any involvement in the performance. Despite their t-shirt being worn by the actor, the business stated that “there was no involvement of any employee or representative in this theatrical action.”
While many still see the performance as an overreaction, sometimes harassment can build up over time and cause someone to snap. The performance was certainly attention grabbing and did succeed in highlighting the important issue of harassment in the workplace.
Whether you thought it was going too far or perhaps not far enough, one thing is for sure: when making eye contact with a female coworker, her eyes will never be in the middle of her chest!
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