Saturday, July 01, 2006

You Say Tomato / I Say Harpoono

Deborah Tannen (author of something about moms and daughters) has a great (MEMAILED!) piece in the NYT comparing the reactions of women in Greece and New York to public molestations by men.
According to Tannen, Greek women are much more likely than Americans to smack, slap, kick, punch, curse, or stone their molesters.
My mom told me about a friend of hers who used to ride the subways with a long hatpin in her purse, and would stab it into the thigh of men who groped her.
Excellent, excellent.
It ain't a harpooning, but it's a step in the right direction.

1 comment:

Jack Roy said...

That IS excellent! The best anecdote on such a situation that I'd heard so far was from a friend of mine who was flashed on the subway but just giggled, "That's all you've got?"

I like them both, but I like the hatpin idea more.