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Character Activity

Part One (10 min)

Watch the video on street harassment and engage students in any of the discussion prompts below:

Discuss the behavior and comments of these men as they were talking to (or at) the women passing by.  How did they seem to perceive themselves as they were speaking? How did they seem to perceive the women they were speaking to?

Discuss their reactions when they discovered that they were actually speaking to their mothers. How might they perceive themselves after this discovery?

Beyond the argument of sexual harassment, at what level is this about “fitting in” with what others are doing, and/or about feeling superior to others?

Think about something unkind you have said when you had your friends around to "protect" you. Have you ever “dehumanized” someone for your emotional benefit? How did it make you feel in the moment, one hour later, one week later, one year later?

Think about something you said behind someone’s back. Imagine that they accidentally heard what you said. Would you own it or try to deflect?

Think about something unkind you have messaged/posted about someone behind their back. Imagine that they found out it was from you. Would you own it or try to deflect?

 How does being anonymous affect how people talk about others (passerby on the street who doesn't know you; talking online behind an unidentified username)?

To boys: How do you talk about teenage girls in your school compared to teenage girls you're related to (sister, cousin)?

To girls: How do you talk about boys in your school compared to boys you are related to?
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