Progressive feminist New Yorker gets a taste of Cuba’s ‘New Man’
In PolicyMic, Senti Sojwal, who according to her bio is a progressive feminist and native of New York City, traveled to Cuba and got a taste of the Castro dictatorship's "New Man." Apparently, she didn't like it.
Would You Confront Your Street Harasser?
There is much I remember fondly about the semester I spent in Havana, Cuba, my junior year of college. The crumbling pastel architecture, the surreality of watching 1950s American cars zip through busy streets, spending time off from class lying on a Caribbean beach while my friends shivered through another New England winter. What I don’t miss was the street harassment I experienced there on an exhaustive, daily basis.
My program was mostly women, and not a day went by that we didn’t discuss the dreaded piropos (compliments) we received en masse while buying vegetables at the market or walking home late at night. The comments were often vulgar, and would happen multiple times on the length of one street alone. Even for those of us who came from cities (I grew up in New York) and knew catcalling as a fact of life since we’d hit puberty, it felt more invasive than other street harassment we’d encountered.
What had felt to me in New York like a mild annoyance became in Havana a consistent and underlying violation of my body and my space every time I was outside. It greatly affected the excitement of discovering a new city. I started wearing headphones everywhere. I was angry before I left the house. Sometimes it would get the best of me: I’d yell back in my broken Spanish or flip someone off, and somehow feel immediately both stupid and victorious.
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