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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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A Week in Our Shoes

Week in Our Shoes: Together We Strive Edition

Hey everyone!

This week has gone by so fast! Let’s see what has been going on in the Holla-universe! Hollaback! HQ is teaming up with the Hunter College Department of Urban Affairs and Planning for research on street harassment. CJ, our fierce Admin and Program Assistant, attended the Organizing at the Intersections of Black Lives Matter & Gender Justice workshop, aimed at an understanding of gender, violence, policing and solidarity to create a more robust organizing practice. Program Coordinator, Desiree, attended a weekend conference on safety and cyberharassment, hosted by the Tyler Clementi Foundation. The revolution is going down!

And in Hollaback! news around the world:

Hollaback! London discussed the increase in recorded sex crime on London public transport at a panel at City Hall with the Police and Crime Committee. They also discussed the efficacy of efforts to tackle unwanted sexual behavior on public transport.

Hollaback! Baltimore held the panel “Street Harassment: Know Your Rights”. They discussed the legal recourses available to victims of street harassment, shared some personal stories, and explored the intersections between feminist legal theory to anti-street harassment. What an amazing event!

CQ0bp1DUwAAp8A-Hollaback! Vegas was promoting their zine with a lovely title, “The League of Extraordinary Feminists,” and was adding leaves to their positivity tree. We love everything they do especially the positivity tree!

Hollaback! Melbourne is actively participating in a survey on street harassment in their city. The survey is part of a larger project funded by the La Trobe University ‘Transforming Human Societies’ Research Focus Area in Melbourne.

Hollaback! Vancouver has booked a day to meet people interested in volunteering, discuss various opportunities, give out training packages and sign interested folks up for workshops. We hope they will be able to accommodate everyone cause this sure seems like an amazing opportunity!

Hollaback! Italy is organizing a workshop in collaboration with Casa Arcobaleno in Torino. They will discuss street harassment against women and LGBTI persons. Can’t wait to see how this will go!

That’s it for now! Stay tuned next week for more exciting news and events!

Holla and out!

Published on October 9, 2015 at 4:16 pm

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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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