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I was taking an hour-long walk and enjoying the long overdue sunshine. It was a really zen and beautiful moment for me. I got close to a hawk that was on a low branch on my college campus and thought about how much I love animals because they generally don’t bother people. I’d been honked at already by three male drivers I’d mistakenly made eye contact with. It startled me and made me angry every time.
I was halfway back to my apartment when a guy started revving up his motorcycle at the sight of me. I rolled my eyes while crossing the intersection and he yelled, “Tryin’ to get raped?!”
He continued yelling things at me until the light changed. Blood was rushing too loud in my ears for me or hear the rest. All I keep thinking is that I hope his fragile ego overtakes him and he dies in a wreck of his own causing.
Published on March 10, 2014 at 12:21 amno comments
I go to a Fitness Center in Kanawha City and there are guys there who stare at us – leering, actually. Some are more aggressive and start talking to you. One freak who seems to be an nutrition salesman started flexing & telling me I should “brag on me, I look good for my age. I’m growing like a two year old!”
Women pay the same fees as the guys do – we just want to workout in peace!!
Published on March 9, 2014 at 11:20 amno comments
My husband and I stopped at a fast food restaurant to use the bathroom on our way to a marriage retreat. I entered the bathroom and immediately felt like this was not a good area to be in.
I entered a stall anyway and while using the bathroom a woman reached underneath the door with her phone, made a clicking sound and then took my picture.
Unfortunately, this is not the first time I’ve been taken advantage of in a public place and immediately the feelings of anger and powerlessness overtook me. I didn’t know what to do.. Stay away from this location!
Published on March 9, 2014 at 4:48 amno comments
On my 12 minute walk to and from work, I get 5 honks per day on average. It’s a frustrating experience, and a horrible way to start and/or end my day. I wish I could tell which cars they come from when traffic is heavy so I could tell them how disrespectful and disgusting it is.
Published on March 8, 2014 at 11:44 amno comments
Hello Hollabackers! Happy Women’s History Month! HOLLAs have been especially busy this past week and it is AWESOME.
Here’s what HOLLAs around the world have been up to:
Hollaback! Baltimore is gathering TODAY to celebrate three years of fighting street harassment. The event will include an awesome and impactful display by Luminous Intervention, along with readings of stories submitted to their website or from attendees who would like to share their own. Happy Birthday, Hollaback! Baltimore!
Hollaback! Boston held a workshop titled “We Hollaback!: Creating a World Without Street Harassment” for Harvard University students. They discussed the prominence of street harassment in the local community and how students can address it in a powerful and meaningful way. HB! Boston also participated in Massachusetts’ White Ribbon Day Campaign, which seeks to mobilize men to end violence against women. And last but not least, they released a public statement about a court ruling in Massachusetts that made upskirt photos on transit legal.
Hollaback! Brussels participated in an event called: “Feminist Action 2.0” in recognition of “Week of the Women”, a week of events leading up to International Women’s Day. The event was organized by the “Vrouwen Overleg Komitee” and the city council of Brussels to bring together different types of feminist action groups and feminist organizations, and to start a debate on how they can work together, which views they have on feminism, and on taking action. This was the first meeting of several.
Hollaback! Des Moines held casting for their production of “The Vagina Monologues,” which they are sponsoring in collaboration with the Women of Color Advisory Network (WOCAN) and Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault. The performance is slated for April 12th, during Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and proceeds will go to WOCAN.
Hollaback! Hamilton created a street harassment survey for McMaster University students in order to help them better understand some of the realities of street harassment in Hamilton. Yesterday, they tabled at their local International Women’s Day event. They have also started planning an event for International Anti-Street Harassment week at McMaster University. Stay tuned for more details!
Hollaback! London is launching a brand new campaign today! It’s all about getting clubs, pubs, bars and venues to tackle and prevent harassment. Keep an eye on the hashtag #goodnightout for details and check here for updates. They will also be attending an 80s Themed Good Night Out club night with feminist DJs at ULU. Hollaback! ULU will also be joining them.
Hollaback! Ottawa, along with community partners, wrote an open letter directed to men involved in a recent rape culture incident at the University of Ottawa. Here’s an excerpt from this amazing and powerful letter:
“How do we tell young women to protect themselves from their lab partners, their boyfriends, their prom dates, their classmates, and from rapists? We don’t. We tell men that sexual assault is wrong. We educate young men about consent. We build a society and community that respects women and sees them as equals, not as objects. Can you take steps to further educate yourselves about violence against women? Can you help turn the conversation around?”
HB! Ottawa was also honored and asked to share their most recent victories at an event titled ”We Win Every Day”.
Hollaback! University of London Union (ULU) hosted “Hollaback Riot Night Reloaded“ to celebrate the beginning of ULU Women’s History Month Festival. They had a great turnout with some awesome bands as well as their kickass t-shirts mentioned last week. The flyer for the event is pictured above. Sounds like it was an awesome event!
What an amazing start to March! Keep up the fantastic work, HOLLAs!
HOLLA and out!
- The Hollaback! Team
Published on March 7, 2014 at 10:00 amno comments