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Week in Our Shoes: Funding, Reflections, and Cosplay Edition

Happy Friday Hollaback-ers!

What we’ve been up to this week…

10368207_964147830266032_8730878180630726919_nDeputy Director Debjani Roy did a key note and guest lecture in a women’s studies class at Kalamazoo College. Executive Director Emily May attended an online harassment conference organized by the MIT media lab. Press coverage continues to pour in with notable hits on the New York Times Blog and Good 4 Utah.

Hollaback! Appalachian Ohio led 1.5 hour workshops on consent, deconstructing rape culture, and bystander intervention for three Cultural Diversity in Education classes at Ohio University.

This article in the student paper titled “Ahead of Union Street fire, bars sought to tackle assault” discussed Appalachian Ohio’s Safer Spaces Campaign. It also mentioned a large fire that devastated their town this past weekend.

Hollaback! Appalachian Ohio also helped to circulate this funding campaign to help support those who lost their jobs in a the fire the consumed most of a block of uptown Athens this weekend.

Cosplay Poster_1_FINALHollaback! Ottawa are going to be at Pop Expo this weekend (Saturday, November 22nd) hosting a workshop on cosplay =/= consent and walking around the Con, handing out info.

If you haven’t already, check out Baltimore Co-Director Mel Keller’s reflections on the Facing Race conference. 

As always, thank you for your continued dedicated hard work, especially at spreading the word on the survey.

Great job this week team!

HOLLA and out!

– The Hollaback! Staff

Published on November 21, 2014 at 8:05 am

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Story, Verbal

HOLLA ON THE GO: 4 against 1

Was cycling on the road in Glasgow and a car full of four men went by me too fast and too close while they all hollered at me from the car. The one in the front passenger seat was leaning right out the window and whooping at me.

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Published on November 21, 2014 at 8:00 am

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Story, Verbal, youth

Ursula’s Story: “Machismo starts at winking”

In my country, verbal harassment is, unfortunately, very common. For me, it started when I was 11 or 12. At that age, I was terrified of walking in front of construction works, because I knew that the cat-calls, the whistling and the shouts wouldn’t stop. I felt like an object every time someone call me like that, and now, as the 16 years old I am, it has only became worse. I was walking to buy some chips and a soda, in a not-at-all revealing outfit (like, jeans and a sweater) and in that really short walk, 5 men stared at my ass, some even try to talk to me, asking me if I was single or something like that. Some of them could have been my grandparents! I mean, they don’t have sisters, wife or daughters? They would like that some creepy man would shout something about her boobs or ass, like it was the weather? It’s so unfair that we had to change clothes twice or thrice times, not because we want to look better or something like that, but because we know that if we wear shorts or a tank top, some perv would take that as an invitation to shout how “good they would feel in bed” or “better you would look naked”. How I wish I have made up those lines, but they are true. My friends, cousins, mother, aunts, sister and every woman I know has experienced that and we’re tired of all these. Government, authorities and media can’t talk about equality until this stops. It’s not like we’re asking for impossible. It’s not like harassment is a right that man have to feel manlier. Machismo starts at winking, and it can end in worse things.

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Published on November 21, 2014 at 12:47 am

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groping, youth

Katie’s Story: Groped anonymously

It was last year my senior year in high school. My small class had went to attend Grad Bash at Universal and Island of adventures. The park is open to only seniors until 1 in the morning. It had been a long night and hundreds of seniors were standing to be let out (we had to go in and come out certain parts of the parks.) I was wearing loose shorts and a guy behind me ran his hand up the back of my thigh, into my shorts, and grabbed my ass. I quickly turned around not being able to tell who did it with the group of guys laughing probably with who ever put his hand in my shorts.

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Published on November 20, 2014 at 7:10 pm

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HOLLA ON THE GO: Attempted pick-up

I was walking home at around 8pm at night when a man in a van slowed down next to me and whistled out his window, asking me if I wanted ‘to go for a ride’

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Published on November 20, 2014 at 4:12 pm

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