"I do have one method I use to shut down harassment of the non-terrifying but merely annoying variety. For instance, you are on a crowded street and someone says “Nice ass.” Your mom might have once told you to “just ignore” that sort of thing; saying “Fuck you” has its pleasures, but also drags you into the dynamic of shouting rude things on the street, which is not how we ideally want to live. So what I do is: 1. Stop walking, if possible and appropriate. 2. Turn to the harasser and make full eye contact. 3. Say these magic words, in your best third-grade teacher voice: “That’s not an appropriate way to talk to a woman you don’t know.” What’s he going to say to “That’s not an appropriate way to talk to a woman you don’t know”? “Yes, it is”?"