So there was this story on NPR on the way home this afternoon. In the radio version of the story, they talked to this woman journalist who decided to get the male's perspective of it. She recorded conversations between herself and Egyptian men out in the streets.
The recording they played had the male saying "You are Sugar." Which she deemed demeaning and not okay. The guy naturally just said he meant she looked good and was flirting.
I am sure there are more egregious examples of harassment going on in the streets of Egypt. Especially given that the report then went and talked to a guy who was during a series of interviews with men, some of whom admitted wanting the women to feel uncomfortable and get back off the streets and into their houses where they belong.
But, "You Are Sugar" is harassment? Really, maybe because I grew up in the South and we call people "Sugar" and "Baby" and go "um huh" all implyingly or hell just saying "Damn, you look good."
I think women are beautiful and I don't really understand how telling them they look good is harassment. Is this harassment? Am I as the report stated being "unempathetic" by not understanding how appreciating beauty is a good thing?