Have I ever thought a stranger was aesthetically pleasing? Of course. Have I ever felt the need or duty to shout to them the fact that I found them aesthetically pleasing? Nope. Have I ever thought that this aesthetically pleasing stranger made themselves look that way for me or so that I could tell them? Definitely no. And that’s the big problem. A ‘compliment’ (and let’s be clear, a lot of street harassment wouldn’t be considered a compliment in even the most generous of interpretations) once or twice wouldn’t be a big deal. But this is systematic, and a society that ignores street harassment encourages men to continue to see women as commodities that are for their enjoyment. And that type of thinking is what leads some men to feel it’s their right to have sex with a woman regardless of her preferences. And that, my friends, is rape culture in a nutshell. But my questions for those who do enjoy street harassment. Do you primarily choose how you look/dress with the intention of receiving ‘compliments’ from strangers? Or put another way, if ‘compliments’ from strangers weren’t something you desired, would you look/dress differently than you do currently? If you answered yes, why not seek satisfaction from something more permanent? Looks are fleeting, and it’s far better to find your self worth from something less transitory. And if you answered no, are those ‘compliments’ really worth the potential suffering your daughters, sisters, female friends (and all women) will experience in a society that finds it permissible for men to objectify women?