These kinds of words are not unusual to many girls and women. Hearing them is an ordinary experience for women, both young and old.
Girls begin to experience this behavior at early ages, and studies show the impacts are long-term.
The behavior is so pervasive that many girls grow up thinking it is normal. They may not even recognize it as harassment. Photo by Jaquelin Rosas.
She says a common misconception is that women can prevent harassment.
But something as seemingly simple as imposing school dress codes sends a negative message to girls more than to boys. Los Angeles Unified School District has dress codes governing skirt and short lengths, as well as rules against spaghetti straps, off the shoulder or low-cut blouses.