What I am beginning to realize is that there is a level of subconscious sexism in the black community that is misguided and misunderstood. The truth of the matter is that no woman asks for sexual harassment, and no woman (regardless of how short her shorts may be) wants to be a part of rape culture.
Street harassment is an issue that we cannot, and should not, remain silent about. It is an issue that demands change - and as we move closer to marriage equality and other noted marks of accomplishment as a movement, we cannot forget the continual, systematic discrimination we face when we walk out the door.
Bloggers have had much to say lately about the difficulties of working women who are raising children and/or managing dual-career marriages, as well as those who are planning to marry or to have children. They've paid less attention to women in their 50s, 60s and early 70s who are confronting work-family pressures, too -- but of a different sort.