Sexist and misogynist behaviour is very much alive and thriving today. Not much has changed for women when it comes to having to deal with inappropriate language and unsolicited behaviour from male counterparts. Often times, inappropriate conduct is blamed on the woman for dressing provocative, acting too sexual, and so on.
The reality is women should not have to hide behind a curtain or remain silent in order to garner basic respect. With the popularity of social media, men from every age range have used this medium to harass, bully, intimidate, and stalk teen girls and women. Males argue that this is all in good fun or boys being boys.
One teen in Newport, Wales decided to highlight how even the most innocent post is reason enough to be sexually harassed online. Her post has been retweeted over 34,000 times and liked over 60,000 times.
Catrin Williams likes to share her everyday experiences on Twitter.
She proudly posted a photo of her new purchase; a new pair of headphones.
One male user wrote on her Twitter feed: "You wearing those, and nothing else, that would be heaven."
The teen decided to share the message with others to point out what women have to endure on a daily basis from online sexual harassment.
"More than anything I found it funny but I did think it was ironic how I’ve seen many people defend boys who send messages like that because they wouldn’t do it if girls didn’t put up ‘slutty’ photos," says Catrin.
People have retweeted the photo with cheeky commentary of just how sexual headphones can be.
"I saw the message and couldn’t help but thinking of how it seemed impossible as a young girl on the internet to share anything without running the risk of having someone message you inappropriate things," explains Catrin.
Catrin is surprised her tweet has gotten a lot of attention but she is glad it did. "When I posted the tweet I expected maybe a few retweets and my friends saying they chuckled slightly when seeing it. I certainly didn’t expect all of this," says Catrin.
Catrin is currently doing her A levels at Hereford Sixth Form College in the United Kingdom.
"If they see others receiving messages like this, or if they receive them themselves, they should stick up for themselves and say something about it," says Catrin about the harassing behaviour online.