Débora Adorno and Other Brazilian Women Combat Sexual Harassment With An Unlikely Weapon
A Brazilian woman named Débora Adorno was experiencing street harassment while walking alone in the streets. She felt that calling the harassers out on their gross, perverted behavior was not enough so she came up with a creative, new way to combat harassment: a goofy, toothy face. While this may seem like a ridiculous way to respond to street harassment, her toothy facial expression made her bewildered harasser back off. She urged women to try “the power of the tooth,” causing women to follow suit and create a trending hashtag, #CaretaDoDentinho. While I’m sure a silly face will not magically stop men from harassing women, it’s good to know that it allowed these women to feel safer and diminish the sexist treatment they receive from men.
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