Originally Posted by MrsRenkse
I have to say I experienced the same thing in places in the Netherlands... they mention that it was mainly north African men doing it, well it was for me too and I was with a guy some of the times it happened. The worst was about 6 guys cornering me and calling me a ***** in Dutch over and over again, they wouldn't let me pass and kept blocking me in until I cracked the mega ****s and started getting all "Australian" on them.
That's horrible, I would have been really scared.
I'm really cautious about raising any race element because north Africans are such a stigmatised population in Europe, and I don't want to add to that, but I know that the north African theme is often raised by European women talking about harassment.
I noticed this when I was working in Limoges aged 17; one particularly scary incident was a guy who followed me while I was walking home through the centre, repeatedly asking me if I'd go back to his house, and walking alongside me in a way that pushed me closer to side streets. I looked young for my age and had no idea how to react to that level of close-up intimidation. Thinking about it later, it's disturbing.
Still, I get plenty of harassment in the UK, where there are very few north Africans. Most of it is while riding my bike, which is so dangerous, but men don't think about how you could die on the roads when their need to tell you they'd **** you is so much more urgent.
How does harassment in Australia compare to Holland, Mrs R?