I speed-read falstaff' s post here and I mostly agree. Sitting back and saying women "shouldn't have to suffer" is idealistic, and doesn't help. Solutions have to be sought or better defined. Obviously, it's easier said than done, and it's a still-evolving movement. The protests/making noise are but ways of empowerment- since the struggle is largely about that.
However, I see more efforts by men (in the form of long, well-thought rants, for example) at fault-finding in the ways that women protest, and very little to actually eliminate/reform the root cause. Sexist as it might sound, such posts seem almost "armchair-critic-esque" to me . It would be ideal if well-intentioned progressive men actually went out and tried to , for example, educate the male population at large. How come that never happens? How come all the flaws are pointed out in the ways of protest, the terms of protest, but nobody discusses as passionately the education of and/or punishment to the perpetrators? (besides those feminists shouting hoarse, of course)
Women are constantly fighting the problem, and yes, they have not arrived at the most fool-proof, ideal, balanced solutions, but you can't blame them. And while constructive criticism and calling out extreme approaches is as important, give women the credit to realise the errors in their approaches as they go along, and fix them. Meanwhile, fuel your efforts towards addressing the root cause, not the victims. I'd love to see lots of strong, open minded men taking to the streets and protesting against sexual harassment, picking out the offenders in public, raising their voice every time they witness an act, and thus show their support. Not only in telling the women where and how their protests are wrong or what words to keep or remove from their slogans. How is that helping? I look forward to the day a blogathon would link posts by men where they detail how they raised their voice against sexual harassment in public, in their real life. Utopian idealism?