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Week in Our Shoes: New Threads Edition

weekinourshoesHappy Friday Hollaback!’er’s!

This week, Hollaback! has been busy with press, receiving coverage in : Change Magazine, Salon, Today, Business Insider, XOJaneNew York Daily News, and more.

Hollaback! sites around the world are going strong:

The Hollaback! Mothership penned a response to the TERRIBLE NY Post pro-street harassment article with their own “Hey Ladies – Catcalls Lead to Gender Based Violence. Deal with it” satire. Co-founder Emily May wrote an additional response for the New York Daily News.

Hollaback! Ottawa was on fire this week with radio and press coverage at CBC. They held a community meeting and created a list of top 5 priorities they’d like to see in the municipal election, which you can see in this amazing infographic.

Hollaback! Des Moines created the cutest t-shirt around. The shirts read “Just keep Hollering at me and eventually I’ll sleep with you!You can pick them up here – 50% of proceeds go to Hollaback! Des Moines.

Hollaback! Mexico DF (Atrevete DF) translated Cards Against Harassment and have begun distributing them in their community.

Great Job Hollas!

Until next time,

HOLLA and out!

Published on August 22, 2014 at 10:38 am

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HOLLA ON THE GO: “I was 7 or 8″

I was 7 or 8. I went outside because my brother asked me to buy something. I was wearing a dress when a guy whistled. At first, I ignored him but when he whistled again I turned around and he told me to come near him but I didn’t, I just went inside. I was so scared. I never wanted to go outside after the incident.

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Published on August 21, 2014 at 11:18 am

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Anonymous’ Story: “No one should be shamed in front of others because they did not want to be touched”

I was visiting France with classmates and at one point was walking back to meet them. Some of the men and women (college age) were waiting for everyone in a group, and some saw me and waved. As I waved back, two young men came up to me and asked me directions in French. I tried to give them directions but eventually switched to English. Once I admitted to being American they starting pulling in closer and saying how good my French was, to the point I was very uncomfortable. By the time I was able to explain I did not know where they wanted to go, they both gave me a hug and kiss (on the cheek, which I know is cultural, but still). I was rather flustered and went to the group of known friends happily.
I can accept that and move on, but it was the next part that upset me the most.
After I told them what happened, one young man chastised me for being so culturally ignorant and close-minded that I was complaining and upset over being held and kissed by two strangers! He was French himself, and explanations of personal space culture in American were dismissed because I should be trying new things. No one should be shamed in front of others because they did not want to be touched by others!

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Published on August 20, 2014 at 4:01 pm

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Becca’s Story: “I was so upset and still am”

So I am 14 years old and today something really disgusting happened. I was walking around, exercising and this guy stops his car next to me. He was saying “Excuse me! Excuse me!”. I stopped and he asked for directions to a street. Since I am only 14 and can’t drive I had no clue where this street was so I said no. Then He asked, “Can you suck my nuts?” and flashed me. I stared crying and ran all the way home. I was so upset and still am. I’ve been getting street harassed for about a week now. All the sudden all of the guys driving started honking, whistling, ect. I want to be able to just walk down the street but now I can’t, I’m too scared.

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Published on August 20, 2014 at 3:10 am

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Amelia’s Story: “I was self-conscious”

Every day I take a short walk from my office to Lake Michigan. This incident was the first time I walked alone and was not wearing sunglasses – I guess seeing my eyes makes me more vulnerable? I make an effort to smile or say, “Afternoon,” to folks I pass on the street. Twice that day I was catcalled – “Hey, how you doing? I like that smile! That’s what I’m talking about!” and “Hey, how you doing, boo?” while he looked me up and down. I realize these are relatively tame responses but I was self-conscious and had not experienced this kind of attention while previously walking with others. Should I not be polite and acknowledge fellow passersby? I feel comfortable enough doing so in this area, but those interactions made me sufficiently uncomfortable.

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Published on August 19, 2014 at 7:59 pm

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