How bad is street harrassment in Belfast?

The hidden video footage below exposing the incessant harassment encountered by a woman walking alone on a Brussels street is simply shocking. At least, it is to me.

Question for readers: Do women walking in Belfast face anything similar, not just in type but in degree? All responses appreciated.

According to The Guardian*,

French feminists said the film showed how street harassment was a universal issue for women.

But how universal is this?

No doubt street harassment exists as a universal phenomenon but surely not to this degree?

The scale and severity, the casual confidence of the offenders and the preposterous “if you’ve the effrontery to leave your home unaccompanied by a man what do you expect but molestation?” ‘thinking’ shared by the youths interviewed by Peeters, indicate that this level of abuse is anything but a universal problem.

Indeed, the same Guardian report reveals that female acquaintances of Peeters,

admitted the problem was so bad they never went out in a skirt, avoided the metro, never made eye contact with men, avoid walking certain streets, never wore shorts and in one case, only ever left their house by bike.

Again, isn’t this a sign – and an urgent one – that there at at least some specific and localized causes here that must be identified and tackled?

Feedback from readers on the realities of street harassment in Belfast, Dublin and across Ireland is appreciated.

*hyperlink was broken: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/aug/03/belgium-film-street-harassment-sofie-peeters

  • salgado

    My sister has been harassed before in Belfast, and elsewhere. From men following her in the street, to occasions where someone has tried to grab her. I don’t really know the details for most of the incidents.

    I can’t how widespread the problem this is, but it certainly exists.

  • Slugger is probably the worst place to canvass opinion from women….which perhaps is a sign that an internet message board is a bad place to be female.
    I think possibly the worst place to be a woman is on the road. A lot of eejits seem to take delight in harrassing women on the road in a way that they would not do on a footpath.

  • andnowwhat

    Is society slipping backwards? Is such a depoliticised society one that loses direction? We’ve a prime minister who is an out and out sexist (dear), for goodness sake.

  • Mister_Joe

    fitzjameshorse1745,

    What do you mean by “on the road”? I used to drive a lot. Early in the morning, for some reason, over here, the most aggressive drivers I had to contend with were young women.

  • Alias

    Typical eurotrash.

  • Mister Joe,
    Im not talking about quality of driving. Equally bad among women as men. I now speak as a person who no longer drives (this is my small contribution to keeping death off the roads).
    But I observe……and more importantly my wife observes…that there are inadequate men who seem to drive aggressively (which is different from badly) and in a bullying kinda way and they target female drivers.

  • derrydave

    Have to say I found that video clip shocking – so much so that part of me questioning if it is ‘real’ or set up. I’d like to think I’m a man of the world and would be well informed on most things, but genuinely surprised and shocked at that. Maybe that just shows naivity on my part – do women face that kind of shit on a regular basis in Ireland ?? I would very much doubt it….but then again I wouldn’t have thought that women would face that in Brussels either !

  • Leni

    Derrydave – I signed up to this thing just to reply. I’m a 25 year old woman living in Dublin and I have to tell you it’s true. I’ve had to explain this to quite a few male friends because, to be honest, when you’re around with us, other men don’t usually harass us.

    Just the other day, my friend was walking down Thomas street in Dublin and a man grabbed her and pulled her close, telling her she should come join him and his friends. She pushed him and shouted at him and walked away. A few minutes later another man followed her making dog noises. This was in broad daylight.

    Personally I’ve had a lot of nasty things said to me. I’ve been followed and felt up, men have come up to me to say really horrible things. And the minute I wear a dress or skirt when it’s warm, I get leers and whistles and men in cars driving up to say stuff at me etc.

    In college I asked the question to the girls in the class who had experienced this sort of thing a lot – all of them put up their hands, and all the men in the class were shocked. But women generally are so used to it, they don’t even see it as a big deal so they don’t speak out against it too much. They want to just forget it happens when it happens.

  • Leni

    Also, I’d like to say that the degree of sexual harassment does depend greatly on where you are. It’s worse in some places than others, or it gets worse at some times of the day/night. I think Ireland is not the worst by far – but it’s still not great.

  • Ní Dhuibhir

    I have this conversation with genuinely shocked men all the time. Short answer is yes, this is real, yes, this is everywhere, and Belfast is no exception. (Even this video is far from the first of its kind – I remember a particularly good one made in the same style in New York.) Most of the shocked men who ask me these questions would never dream of accosting strange women in the street in any way at all, but having said that, I think some of the men shown in this video would also be shocked to see the episode from the woman’s point of view. Some men I know are capable of telling passing women to ‘Smile!’, for example, without having the imagination to see this apparently innocent request in the context of a life where existing in public means being CONSTANTLY forced to interact with emotionally and sexually demanding strangers.

    What is typical in my experience is that a street harasser will begin attracting my attention in a fairly innocuous – although annoying and unnecessary – way, then tell me I’m reacting wrongly – often by not reacting at all – because he’s ‘only being friendly’, then shout ‘bitch’ or make some insulting remark about my appearance, along the ‘wouldn’t even rape you’ lines. Very friendly!

    Check out the ‘hollaback’ websites for tons of accounts from women all over the world. It would be really useful if more men could get past the genuine and understandable shock and onto the much more helpful anger.

  • Ní Dhuibhir

    PS One thing non-harrassing men could do to help would be to NOT be the ‘nice guy’ in a large group who, after one of his friends shouts at a random woman, says something like ‘don’t worry, he won’t touch you’. This happens regularly too. If you actually think your mate’s done something wrong, A) tell him not me, or B) don’t be his mate. Don’t treat him like some badly trained puppy and tell me to deal with it differently. I’m not worried, I’m furious!

  • Leni

    Exactly, Ní Dhuibhir, well said. I think the main problem is that people don’t want to get involved and then it’s pretty obvious that the men doing the harassing get away with it. It’s scary when you’re being harassed to stand up for yourself when there’s no one else around who will help, or who look at you like you’ve got a problem. The more people step in or at least just don’t condone the behaviour, the less they will feel like they can get away with it.

  • derrydave

    Leni, Ni Dhuibhir, appreciate the responses – seems like I am pretty naive when it comes to this – honestly wasn’t aware that women face that kind of thing regularly – ye live + learn !

  • Ní Dhuibhir

    Thanks for bringing it up Derrydave!

  • Ní Dhuibhir

    Or indeed Ruarai… : )

  • Mister_Joe

    I live in a small rural town so don’t see this behaviour at all. But it seems that it’s pretty disgusting everywhere. I wonder what it’s like in Toronto.

  • moth

    Short answer: it is that bad.

    On nights out I’ve regularly had people grab me bodily, push me and try to kiss me, block me from getting away from them when they are trying to speak to me, insist on buying me drinks and then calling me all the names of the day when I tell them, no, actually I don’t want one. Threaten me, normally by acting sleazy and then getting upset when I spurn their advances. A favourite in Belfast seems to be telling me that they are just having a laugh, out celebrating, because their friend just got out of prison, for rape. The threat of sexual violence is obvious.

    Even in work I often have people patronise me calling me pet, love, dear. Grabbing my hands when I try to hand them money. If you are a person who calls the cashier by the name on their badge, you are a creep. If you have to ask a cashier to smile or cheer up, it’s probably your fault they are scowling. Asking someone who is working when they get out of work and then telling them you will see them then, is not endearing, it is frightening.

    On the street it is much the same, I’ve had lewd comments about what people would like to ‘do with me’, had men expose themselves to me, walk along side me down the road and try to walk me into the sides of buildings so I can’t easily get away. I’m just even mentioning the obvious such as catcalls from cars or people walking past. I’ve even been offered money for ‘services’ before.

    Just another day in Belfast!

  • Mister_Joe

    moth,

    Where I live, most store staff do have name tags and waiters and waitresses usually do tell you their name, so I do use their names. I am simply acknowledging that they are a real person and I have never considered myself to be a creep. Are you really saying that it’s wrong?

  • The blatant nature of the harassment in the video clip shocked me but the general fact of abuse shown to women should not shock any man.
    The facts are that about 20% of women suffer serious assualt in their lives. The information in the video clip suggests that estimate is low.
    But even if we take 20% as a figure……every man knows a woman or several women in his life who have suffered. That could be your mother, granny, aunties, neices, cousins………..daughters in law ……wife…….daughters.
    And even if your the 30 year old father of a five year old girl that should disturb you because you dont want to think that in 15 yeras time your child woud be subject to that.

    Men….decent men …..have really no choice. The harassment of women cannot merely be allowed to be seen as a “womens issue”. Its about Human Rights. Its a Peoples Issue.
    I have one wife, two DILs, one sister, a handful of cousins, three neices……six sisters in law and another load of neices.
    And 20% of that adds up.
    That makes it my issue.
    Its a belief I have long held……and yet when I used these same words at of all places a Slugger function in December 2010, I was shouted down…..by a woman.

  • Alias

    “If you are a person who calls the cashier by the name on their badge, you are a creep.”

    Shouldn’t you sue your employer for enabling sexual harassment then? They probably think that the name badge make their employees more human in customer relations, which is why all major retailers require their staff to wear them, hardly grasping that the friendly relations between employee and customer that they are intended to create is actually used by some paranoid employees to demarcate the customer as a creep. If that is how you regard a customer who calls you by the name on your badge then I hope that you are smart enough to conceal your attitude problem from your employer as you’d most certainly be fired for it as you should be. Maybe get a job where you don’t have to deal with people?

  • moth

    I have yet to have a customer who calls me by the name on my badge in a way that anyone would describe as acceptable.

    It’s about the power difference, they know your name. You don’t know theirs. And the ones who use it in this way are aware of this, which is why they feel that they can get away with making inappropriate comments that they wouldn’t if they were known to me or other members of staff.

  • moth

    If a staff member introduces themselves to you saying Hi, I’m ___ that is a different matter obviously.

  • sonofstrongbow

    It would be wrong to allow the thread to be sidetracked over an argument about the use of names on staff name badges. One wonders if staff query their employers as to why they are required to wear badges in the first place? I suspect it is to foster a faux ‘old-style’ friendly shopping experience where once people did actually know the local shopkeepers.

    As to the “power difference” (Jeez a bit psychology 101 there) it already exists outisde of name badges: one person in the relationship is a ‘customer’, the other is there to ‘serve’ them.

    Back on thread, harassment on the street, or anywhere else for that matter is unacceptable. It is a societal issue, and we live in a society where many are poorly socialised. It is not a women’s issue alone, although women are the primary victims.

    Men need to consider how upsetting and unsettling such behaviour can be for an isolated woman. Sadly though for some men that is one of the objectives of the behaviour in the first place.

    Dealing with it is a difficult task. We live in a world where use of pornography by young men is endemic. In this fantasy life women are always ‘up for it’, you just have to ask, and the more crude the request the ‘better’ the result.

    Turning around that mindset will be a challenge and the only way to do so it seems to me is to make such bad behaviour socially unacceptable by challenging it, and that means both men and women, on every occasion.

    Some men will continue to behave inappropriately, confusingly ‘supported’ by some women who regard wolf-whistling as a validation and ‘harmless’. There social opprobrium will not be enough. The law must take a hand in it.

    In much the same way as kerb-crawlers have been targeted by some police forces and named and shamed street harassers should be identified, ticketed and outed.

  • Louise82

    I would love to know if any recent sociological studies have been done on this in NI. Leni, you are right, this only happens when our male friends/brothers/boyfriends aren’t with us, hence this question being asked in the first place, and hence the reason we need to raise more awareness (and anger about it!). I’ll give a few examples here.

    On a daily or weekly basis, when walking to work or out jogging with my sister, it’ll be tooting car horns or ‘aye yer bum!’ shouted out car windows (annoying, but things that almost all women are faced with, roll our eyes about, and set aside – things we normalise).

    On a monthly basis, when out for the night or out late on the street en route to friend’s houses, it’ll be ‘alright sexy?’, yelled at me, or an outright arse grope when at the cash machine or waiting at the bar, or being walked alongside and asked where I’m for, then being called frigid when I don’t respond. During the day, I’ll sometimes get blatantly sexist things said to me. For example, a few months ago while collecting a parcel at Tomb Street, I stood aside to let the next person in the queue give their docket to the staff at the counter. The next person was a man, in his 60s, who, because I had stood back to let him through, said ‘good to see a woman who knows her place – standing in the corner where she belongs.’ No joke. I let him know that he did not want to start that kind of crap with me, and another man in the queue also told him that it wasn’t ok to say things like that.

    Less frequently, say on a yearly basis, I’ve been subject to some pretty disgusting sexual harassment. This comes mainly from working in the public arena, and is always when I’ve been by myself. I worked as a shopfloor worker in a well known shop in Belfast city centre. Once, I was unpacking a trolley of cosmetics (there were no other shoppers in the aisle at the time) when a man (around 70 years old – this is not always young men ‘messing about’/having a laugh/insert lame excuse) stood right up close behind me and whispered in my ear ‘you like bending over like that, don’t you?’ He had disappeared by the time I got to the security guard.

    As sonofstrongbow says, we ALL need to challenge it as soon as we see it to make it clear that this is not ok. The onus is on every one of us. It always helps to have a few oneliners rehearsed for those times when you are caught unawares and need to think of something to say fast!

  • Leni

    Louise82, I’m sorry those creepy things happened to you >_< It's awful.

    I remember another one now – friend of mine working in Centra during the day when it was busy. In the queue, a man was visibly scaring a woman in front of him by touching her, saying creepy things. My friend told him to stop it (she's tiny), he came right up to her and yelled at her and told her he'd be waiting round the corner when she gets off work to…well you get it.

    She was in bits over it for a week, but what freaked me out was that no one in the shop even batted an eyelid. Granted it was mad busy, but still… :/

  • kelephonica

    Thanks for raising this Ruarai. The iHollaback movement that was mentioned above is one of the most exciting global feminist movements emerging right now, linking the experiences of women all over the world in a diverse range of cultural settings where women enjoy varying degrees of emancipation, and sharing the same message: street harassment is never acceptable. One of the things I have found fascinating about reading the stories on their website is that the myth this only happens to pretty girls who are out dressed to impressed does not represent the majority of experiences. Most times a woman is harassed when she is trying to go about her daily life and often women are targeted when they feel vulnerable, or to put it bluntly, when they felt they were looking “rough”. It’s almost as if harassers know when a woman’s confidence is likely to be low and she will therefore be least likely to challenge them. For my part, I don’t think SH is as bad in Belfast as it is in other cities, even UK cities. Recently in Nottingham, Newcastle, London I’ve noticed it is much more likely to have men invade your personal space, call out things or even just stare at you. I don’t get that much here but I do know a lot of young women who are students and have some pretty shocking stories of verbal and physical harassment. Just last night I saw something that made my jaw drop (in a city in England) which was a young woman who had to walk through a group of lads in a pub to get to the door. As she did so, one of them pulled her hairband off her head which meant she had to break her stride, grab the hairband, her hand were up at her head, her defences were compromised and 2 other guys then instantaneously pulled her dress up round her waist. They all roared with laughter. She ran out the door. This kind of planned and practised abuse is pretty commonplace.

  • Comrade Stalin

    The footage above is definitely shocking.

    I would not call anyone in a shop by the name on their badge, but I’m wondering if this is a cultural thing a bit deeper than harassment.

    I’m just back from the USA and noticed that a lot of people do call their bartender or the shop assistants etc by the name on their badge. Of course, on the other hand, people working in the service sector over there realize that relationship building with customers is a good thing and it is possible without breaking any particular barriers.

  • Mister_Joe

    Just talked with my daughter-in-law who lives in a medium sized city; she says that she gets similar “treatment” frequently, only when she is on her own of course, and mainly in the evening when she is going to meet friends.

  • Mister_Joe

    And, she lives quite close to her city’s red light district and gets “propositioned” almost every morning when she is going to work.

  • Alias

    It’s a different world, Joe. I’m not that old (46), but it isn’t the world I live in. I think it’s different generations living with completely different values than the ones you or even I grew up with.

    When you think about it, how could this Internet generation not view women as purely sex objects? Porn is the most viewed commodity on the net, and millions of women are happy to present their gender as objects of male sexual gratification in return for money. That is women dehumanising women for profit. They also dehumanised the young men who grew up viewing that porn. Male porn stars are paid a fraction of what the women earn, so it’s a industry where the high earners are women and there are no equal opportunity employers.

    Now I hate to present myself as an innocent, but I hadn’t a clue what a naked women looked like until another kid brought a porn magazine to school. I was around 15/16 at the time! It wasn’t images that degraded women in the way that Internet porn specialises in doing, but I don’t know how any kid could view the filth online and still have any respect for the female gender.

    I may be completely wrong about that but if I’m not then it is women who need to lecture other women about degrading their own gender in that manner, not men.

  • Mister_Joe

    Comrade,

    I live in a small town so I know some of the tellers in the shops socially. I use all of their names since I don’t want to make anyone feel “out of it”. Am i a creep?

  • kelephonica

    Aliass, your analysis of the culture of sexual objectification is a little flawed. If you seriously think women call the shots in the porn industry because they allegedly earn more than men (a notion that’s pretty easy to refute if you take a broader view and recognise the number of women performers is much much higher than men and while of the small number of high earners, more tend to be women, there are vastly more women than men on crap money being pressured into taking part in more degrading and difficult acts because they’re constantly being told wiling girls are queuing up to take their place and get the chance of their big break so they can become one of those elusive high earners. also, neither the male of female performers have much power in the indsutry anyway and it is the producers who control the money and the decisions about what they have to do with their bodies and how safe they are likely to be) Anyway, regardless of your inaccurate portrayal of the power dynamic in the porn industry, the very fact that you have made the connection between the proliferation of porn and street harassment and explicitly said that women are to blame because some women take part in porn is just offensive really. It is actually the exact same thinking that allows harassers to justify their behaviour. When a guy in the film above shouts “whore” at a woman it is because he is stupid enough to believe that just because some women take part in porn then all women are somehow ‘tainted’ by that and so it’s hardly surprising that men view them all as whores. Your logic is exactly why we have this problem in the first place. If you’re going to look for cultural causes of something like this, at least try to understand what’s really driving that culture rather than apply a lazy, surface analysis that does little more than victim

  • kelephonica

    …blaming. (somehow the last word of my previous comment got lost)

  • Irishlassabroad

    @Louise82

    I thought your comment about how we as woman normalise behaviour is interesting. I never take offence at the all right darlings and nice bum/tits/arse comments from random passers by – I live in a small town and feel safe that I could get help if they actually tried to physically harm me. But maybe the question I should be asking myself is should I be offended, I would never pass a man in the street and say nice bum or nice package etc etc.

    When I lived in Belfast – went to Queen’s there was little street harrassment but in the student pubs you would get a fair bit of unwanted touching/groping and the comments could be pretty vulgar.

    The two scary incidents were both in Scotland (where I live now) once in a pub where an older man grabbed my arm and wouldn’t let go – luckily I knew the bar owner and the guy was out on the street in 2 minutes and once when a random man followed me when I was walking home alone – thankfully it was early enough for a local shop to still be open so I went in there and waited to he had disappeared before heading home.

    Maybe boys will be boys in not a valid argument and maybe we should all be a bit more offended and a bit less willing to normalise this kind of behaviour.

  • Leni

    kelephonica, I echo your comments about victim blaming. It’s really not women or porn’s fault for what’s happening on our streets. Women being treated like public property has ALWAYS been an issue.

    I have big issues with some porn myself, but it’s being used as a scapegoat for a lot of things right now, thus blinding us to the real causes and problems.

  • sonofstrongbow

    Those who seem to believe that the sexualisation of society, including the widespread access to online pornography, has no role in on-street sexual abuse are I feel mistaken.

    However I am open to be convinced that I am wrong. It would be helpful for someone to indentify what the “real causes and problems” are.

  • artofdarkness

    “It’s a different world, Joe. I’m not that old (46), but it isn’t the world I live in. I think it’s different generations living with completely different values than the ones you or even I grew up with.”

    I’m not too far off your age, but this was also the world I lived in when I was a younger woman, so I can’t conveniently blame the internet for the behaviour I encountered.

    And when it comes to porn, it’s probably easy to blame women for simply being the supply… if you refuse to address the issue of demand, and the bigger picture behind the economics of exploitation.

  • JR

    I remember being out at a Battle of the bands concert in Warrenpoint a few years back with a female friend. We were on the dance floor and this guy was started grapping her and trying to kiss her. I stepped over to tell him to get lost when I felt a headbut on the back of my head, then another on near my ear. This guys mates surrounded me and while jumping up and down to the Music kept headbutting me, all this while their mate was still harassing my friend. The bouncer spotted this and came over to tell me to stop picking fights or I was out. The night ended with me having to sneak past about ten of them waiting for me just outside the door.

  • Leni

    I’m not denying that the over-sexualisation of people (and woman in particular) plays a role in the normalisation of sexual harassment.

    But it’s stretches much wider than that and goes back much further too. I’d be hesitant to put the blame completely on porn and the over-sexualisation of women, because women have NEVER been safe in public spaces alone. The root cause has a lot more to do with a struggle for dominance (in this case, men exerting their dominance over women in public spaces in order to keep them down/feel superior). This has been the case throughout history.

    Turning women into sex-objects is part of that power-struggle too, but it’s just one of the tactics employed more than the actual cause of the problem. Hope that makes sense, head’s not the best today >_<

  • Bejasus

    When I saw the video, I was pretty shocked: it’s unlike anything I have ever experienced: the random comments (whore etc.) from passers-by, just bizarre. The more “normal” heavy-handed come-ons: been there, experienced that. It’s always vaguely threatening (like when the guy said that desire was just natural: always there’s that sense of entitlement).

    But there seems to be something odd in that video — culturally problematic — that needs more explanation, I think.

    As far as Belfast is concerned, the difference between day and night is, well, like the difference between night and day. I have never experienced anything but civility during the day, particularly in the friendly, progressive, “liberated” atmosphere at Queen’s (where I work), in which the kids all genders/sexual orientation seem to respect each other and treat each other as equals. But it changes radically once the students are out on the town. So many girls dress extremely provocatively, and impractically (stilettos, sleeveless, skirts barely there, heavy make-up, even in the dead of winter): their dates (or friends) seem to have done little more than exchanged a t-shirt for a button-down, however. And then they all binge-drink. In a large-ish city, where both fellow-students and older men, are also binge-drinking, it really doesn’t take more than a small percentage of predators/idiots to make that formula go bad. Every awful experience I have first-hand knowledge of came out of that mix, and every obnoxious or threatening comment I’ve ever been subject to has happened when walking on a Belfast street — even a crowded Belfast street — at night.

    I think it is sad; I think many of the students are having less fun than their Facebook pictures try to suggest; and I am thankful that I am not a young college student in Belfast today. Just old enough to have grown up when feminism had won a lot of battles, but before the retrograde world we live in today, where the first thing anyone says about the gold-medal Olympics winner — who happens to be more attractive than probably 90% of the world, and who is still a little girl — is public criticism about her looks . . . If this is what the Internet has wrought, how sad.

    Having said that: nice to see some other women on SOT! I knew there were some of us out there; should be more.

  • artofdarkness

    For me, when I lived there, I found the area around Botanic was the worst for unwanted attention at any time of day or night. I could be covered from head to toe, fully dressed in walking shoes and my winter coat on my way into work, and still encounter a variety of men who’d comment at me in passing. Some would be sexual, others would attempt insults.

    What finally made me leave the area was the number of sexual assaults that were happening, especially when one occurred in the street around the corner from my house at 6am. It’s the only place I’ve ever lived where I feared something worse than burglary happening.

    To their credit, it was never the students acting like that, but they weren’t the only people around the area, and at that time, there seemed to be a thriving sex industry going on behind certain doors. How much of an influence that had on general ‘street attitude’ I couldn’t say, but it was certainly time to move on, and years later, I still wouldn’t have much fondness for the area.

  • Ní Dhuibhir

    Anyone else find it funny that with all our obsession with the ‘sharing of space’, this is such a rare conversation here?

  • Ruarai

    You got it Ní Dhuibhir.

    Many thanks for the posts to all who chimed in. There’s more thoughtful and thought-provoking commentary in the thread than much of the usual stuff, in my view.

    Maybe because this is serious and so much of the usual NI assembly discourse borders on the unserious. Definitely because we have some new voices posting too.

    While I appreciated the postings they make for depressing reading, suggesting a hidden world. Though maybe we’ve just been wearing blinkers.

  • quality

    I was walking down Botanic Ave yesterday behind a woman who passed a group of guys. They proceeded to wolf whistle, say “hey sexy/gorgeous” etc while being about 2 yards from her on either side. I’d say she found it intimidating, and that’s probably just the tip of the iceberg.

  • manaleebbz

    Yep its happened to me in Belfast. One time I was out with my fiance for our 3 year anniversary and we had just had dinner. We headed to SU for a couple of drinks. I was wearing a coat, dress and heels, now i normally don’t dress up much so it was rare for me to do so, but if you live in Belfast you will see women dressing like this and worse all the time, i felt like i was being rather modest. A guy drove past and shouted slut at me as he tried to throw a bottle of water at me, which missed. Another time when me and my fiance had been together for a year we were at the SU and just gave each other a kiss and all these guys started going yerooo at the other table and shouting things. I felt embarrassed, the bar man was like what did you’s do? Not everyone is Belfast is out for a hookup either you know. So yes it does happen! I wouldnt say extensively that I’ve seen, although you DO get creeps staring if you wear shorts or boobs out :L