NEW YORK (PIX11) – After Hollaback‘s “10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Woman” — the video shows Shoshana Roberts walking silently and being followed, catcalled and harassed by dozens of leering men — a New Zealand paper decided to try the same experiment.
The results were a little different, to say the least.
The New Zealand Herald sent 26-year-old yoga instructor and model Nicola Simpson into downtown Auckland, where she walked behind a hidden camera. Block after block, past construction sites and groups of men hanging out, Simpson strolled silently — but harassment was hard to come by.
Then, finally, she was approached . . . by a guy asking for directions.
Another walked up to her and asked if she was Italian, telling her that she looked nice before apologizing for stopping her.
While several men — and women — could be seen looking her up and down, or turning their heads to check her out, the catcalls never came.
“It was nice, it was a change from New York. People were actually quite polite,” said Simpson, who lived for five years in New York City. “I didn’t feel uncomfortable at all.”