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RUSH LIMBAUGH CALLS SEXUAL HARASSMENT “HUMAN NATURE” AND TELLS WOMEN “WILL YOU PLEASE TELL YOUR BREASTS TO STOP STARING AT MY EYES?”
Hollaback! launches a petition to demand an apology for Rush’s latest attack on women.
[BROOKLYN, NY] On his show yesterday Rush Limbaugh dismissed a new study on street harassment and objectification by stating, “[Liberals] just despise basic human nature.” He then suggested that men should “walk up to the woman and say, ‘Will you please ask your breasts to stop staring at my eyes?’” Hollaback! has launched a petition on change.org to demand a public apology.
Street harassment is the most common form of gender-based violence globally. Long-term impacts include depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder. At ihollaback.org, victims report missing school, changing jobs or moving homes to avoid exposure.
“Street harassment isn’t ‘human nature,’ it’s a form of violence. Rush’s grim view of “human nature” ignores the many good men who are out there — supporting women, respecting women, and working alongside women to build a world where everyone has the right to feel safe and confident,” said Executive Director Emily May. Hollaback! was co-founded by three men and four women in 2005, and men remain an active part of the movement.
A link to the petition demanding that Rush Limbaugh publicly apologize can be found here: http://chn.ge/19zu8oe.
About Hollaback! : Hollaback! is a worldwide movement dedicated to ending street harassment using mobile technology. By collecting women and LGBTQ folks’ stories and pictures in a safe and shareable way with our mobile phone applications, Hollaback! is creating a crowd-sourced initiative to end street harassment. Hollaback! breaks the silence that has perpetrated sexual violence internationally, asserts that any and all gender-based violence is unacceptable, and creates a world where we have an option—and, more importantly—a response. Find out more at ihollaback.org.
Published on December 10, 2013 at 1:43 pmno comments
It’s the 10th day of HOLLA and today we’re celebrating the work of team Hollaback! Croatia!
2013 was an amazing year for Hollaback! Croatia. They had 9 press hits on TV/radio/newspaper, an increase in awesome volunteers, and were involved in 2 festivals.
Great job Hollaback! Croatia! Show them some support athttp://croatia.ihollaback.org/
Published on December 10, 2013 at 11:13 amno comments
On the ninth day of our 31 days of HOLLA, we’re highlighting the work of team Hollaback! Boston!
Hollaback! Boston astounded us this year, releasing Boston’s first survey of street harassment (also titled State of the Streets), hosting their first volunteer training, growing their core team from two to six, and getting street harassment on the table (and in policy asks!) in the Mayoral election with ELEVATE Boston.
Way to go Hollaback! Boston! Show some support for the team at boston.ihollaback.org and donate to the movement today!
Published on December 9, 2013 at 10:38 amno comments
It’s the eighth day of our 31 days of HOLLA. Who’s our HollaHERO for December 8th? Team Hollaback! London!
This year alone, Hollaback! London has sat on an advisory committee for a pioneering project with their joined forces and public transit system to make public transport safe for women and LGBTQ Londoners. They are also working on a “Safer Spaces” campaign with London pubs, clubs, and bars, to institute a zero tolerance policy on street harassment. Some of London’s biggest clubs have already signed up!
Hollaback! London has also just launched the second issue of their journal, Langdon Olgar, and contributed to the Today Program on BBC’s Radio 4. For more information on the amazing work that Hollaback! London has been up to, check out their site at : ldn.ihollaback.org
Published on December 8, 2013 at 10:34 amno comments
I went into the liquor store to get a bottle of wine for a party this evening. As I was waiting in line to pay, an employee walked in front of me and leered at me. I ignored him and kept staring straight ahead. Then, as I was paying, the same employee came up and stood right next to me, and asked the cashier if I had smiled. The cashier said I had not and then asked me why I wasn’t smiling. I didn’t know what to do or say, so I just mumbled something about how I didn’t want to, and he continued to ask me to smile. At the same time, the first man was still standing beside me, alternating between joking with the cashier and telling me to smile. He told the cashier not to let me leave until I smiled. I tried to ignore it all and keep my face blank until the transaction was finished, and then I got out of there as quickly as possible. I want to report the incident, but I’m afraid that if I email the store, it will just go to one of them and nothing will be done about it. It makes me so mad because I was so excited to find a conveniently located liquor store, and now I can’t go back.
Published on December 7, 2013 at 8:15 pmno comments