Virtual Oases XX

  • And because it was an interesting article . . . Deborah Tannen in the NY Times: In the face of public groping and sexual harrassment, Greek women tend to fight back: “Whatever the reasons for them, the different ways of responding to public molestation led to different emotional reactions. Though many of the Greek women reported feeling anger and fear, they didn’t talk about feeling helpless.


Deborah is K-12 educator who nurtures a healthy interest in reading, writing, running, ethics, mystics, and interfaith dialogue.

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  1. Stephen says:

    I’m glad you liked my wife’s talk.

    Thank you for the kind comments.

  2. Ana says:

    Thanks, Deborah.

  3. Caroline says:

    Great job Deborah. i’ve enjoyed every one of these links.

    I found the last link about sexual harassment very interesting. I had a very similar experience in the Paris subway. Wish I had been more like the Greek women.

  4. Eve says:

    Sorry, Caroline, this is tangential, but the public-transport-sexual-harassment thing brought back vivid memories of my mission in southern Italy. (We called them the bus molesters.) The first time I was grabbed on the bus, I was really traumatized. Over time I got a lot more assertive in smacking hands away and telling men off if necessary. I realize it’s a calculated risk, but I found that without exception, they backed down, even apologized. I think I had to consciously decide to get over some of my nice-Mormon-girl training and learn to stand up for myself.

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