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News, The Movement, What Hollaback Means to Me

Help us and our new partners at ModCloth build a world where you can dress for yourself and feel safe!

Have you read Erin’s Story or Ursula’s Story or Kristin’s Story? Each of these stories have two major things in common: First, they’re experiences of street harassment. Second, they’re three of the many stories of people who felt very aware of what they were wearing and how it related to their experiences of harassment. In our research with Cornell we found that 66% of women change the way they dress in order to try and avoid harassment.

Our partners at ModCloth think this is absurd because they know just as well as we do, we dress for ourselves (or at least we should be able to). We love their new video campaign that hones in on this message:

In a world that perpetuates the myth that our clothes are an invitation, it is so important for us to speak up! By telling your stories you are transforming an experience that is lonely and isolating into one that is sharable. You change the power dynamic by flipping the lens off of you and onto the harasser. And you enter a worldwide community of people who’ve got your back. Your stories are inspiring legislators, journalists, academics, and the guy on the corner to take street harassment seriously and create solutions that make everyone feel safe.

So wear what makes you feel good about yourself, and join the movement to shut down street harassers who think your smile or your awesome outfit is an invitation to invade your space. We know that you dress for yourself, and we’ve got your back. Share your stories online or through our new app and participate in the conversation to help us end street harassment.

Published on August 26, 2015 at 11:04 am

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Story, Verbal

Allison’s Story: In a Taxi

My cab driver was taking me to a dance studio and started to tell me about how much he liked my figure…I felt trapped.

Published on October 9, 2015 at 10:29 am

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Nonverbal Harassment, Story


A coworker was taking pictures of my butt while I was trying to load a plane. He then started showing the pics to other coworkers, laughing, no one else thought it was funny……

Published on October 7, 2015 at 1:25 pm

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Nonverbal Harassment, Story

Meg’s Story: In the Library

I was in the library working on a review article for a journal. I’d chosen a fairly large table because I wanted to have room to spread all of my books out. I had been working for about an hour when this guy comes up and sits directly across me and puts his laptop down and his headphones in. Keep in mind, this library is huge, there are many places to sit, and he didn’t ask my permission to sit so close to me. I choose to ignore him and continue working. After about 10 minutes, I look up and he’s staring intently at his computer and (what looks like from my table-top perspective) rubbing his crotch furiously. I packed up my stuff and walked away immediately.

Published on October 7, 2015 at 1:24 pm

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A Week in Our Shoes

Week in Our Shoes: Fall is Here!

Hey everyone!

Another week has gone by and the Holla-train has not slowed down. We have been up and about spreading the word on our new app and gathering stories for our Story Sharing Campaign, which ended this week. Hollaback! HQ welcomed a new intern, Rose, former badass site leader from Nottingham, who will be working on our key programs. Hollaback!’s Deputy Director, CQVuS19UEAA8mKxDebjani Roy, addressed 300 students and faculty at Friends Seminary in New York City about the movement to end street harassment. Our new Program and Admin Assistant, CJ, spoke at the first Queens Brides March (Go CJ!), an event aimed at raising awareness about the horrors of domestic violence and mourning for those who have lost their lives to this crime.

Lets see what has been going on with our sites around the world!

Helen McBride from Hollaback! Belfast was on The Prospect Roads, talking about the Hollaback! movement, the same-sex marriage referendum held in Ireland earlier this year and the implications the result has on the LGBT community.

11960217_980281012030697_8444016426509341420_nHollaback! Baltimore participated at Cherrie Moraga’s talk on her exceptional book “This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color” and they are preparing for the discussion on anti-street harassment and knowing your rights.

Agnieszka Biela from Hollaback! Poland was interviewed for Radio Kraków, talking about the problem of street harassment.

Hollaback! Vegas started their first ever zine! The home-made publication is a tool their volunteers are using this year to educate the public and get the world out about street harassment and other forms of sexual violence. Amazing job Vegas!

That’s it for now! Until next week,

Holla and out!

Published on October 7, 2015 at 1:20 pm

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Nonverbal Harassment, Story, Verbal

Whitney Gahbasin’s Story: Harassed from a Car

So I was on the phone to one of my girlfriends when two guys in a Toyota corolla came up to me and asked me how I had phone signal in this area. To this i replied that my network was good and, as i was saying that they slowly started driving their car onto the pavement blocking my path. I then considered crossing the road but i was fearful of what would happen. Also it was my right of way therefore I kindly asked them to move. At this point the other man in the vehicle who had GREEN eyes started randomly saying “I think you would get better signal in my car as I have the best antenna in the world” at this point he start undoing his pants and took his …. out. I then looked at the driver and asked him to please control his friend and decided to walk away, although this did not deter the other man in the car. I gave him a middle finger and he started saying “hey you, dont call me middle finger” he seemed to have a non-native accent, one that seemed to be arabic. Then he started swearing at the driver saying “gawad back me up” Finally I said I would call the police but then he said “dont bump me again” after that he got back in the car and drove off.

Published on October 5, 2015 at 1:38 pm

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