When a male gathering becomes a female nightmare

From May 11-13, the city of Trento hosted the National Assembly of the Alpine Corps, during which dozens of women reported being molested and harassed.

Cinzia Sciuto
Cinzia Sciuto MicroMega, Italy
Source: MicroMega
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Why this story matters:

A street filled with men often becomes a dangerous place for women. 

Women all over the world are familiar with the feeling: whenever we have to go through a space "occupied" by men we automatically become anxious, we look around and stay on the lookout for signs of danger. We change our posture, and we try to become less visible, in the hope of going unnoticed and, above all, unharmed.

Gatherings of men can become hell for women. It happened in Cologne on New Year's Eve in 2015, it happened in Trento a few days ago when the city was filled with hundreds of thousands of soldiers -- many drunk.

The scenario is, mutatis mutandis, always the same.

The men wanted to celebrate and the women who were passing by -- or at work -- momentarily became gropeable objects on which to vomit verbal harassment. Women like it, you know.

From Cologne to Trento the lesson is always the same: in the third millennium women can also become prime ministers, delegated administrators, party secretaries, astronauts, but still find themselves afraid to walk down the street, because anything can happen to them. Violence against women is the tip of the iceberg whose foundation is the idea that women are not autonomous subjects but objects in the service of male pleasure. And this idea is deeply rooted in many men, often subconsciously.

Details from the story:

  • From May 11-13, 2018, the city of Trento hosted the National Assembly of the Alpine Corps, for which hundreds of thousands of people came to the city.
  • During that weekend the streets of Trento were literally occupied by thousands of men, often drunk in  the early hours of the morning
  • There were many complaints collected by Non Una de Meno-Trento and published by MicroMega.
  • Women say they suffered serious harassment, ranging from vulgar comments to groping and unsolicited kisses.
  • What happened in Trento resembles what happened in Cologne on New Year's Eve in 2015, when a thousand men -- in that case mostly from North African and Middle Eastern countries -- gathered in the German city station square to "celebrate" the arrival of the new year. Their "party" turned into a nightmare for hundreds of women who were in the streets, who reported both verbal and physical harassment. There were also reports of rape.

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