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Trying to be strong

A lot of people talk about how they are sexually harassed because of their beauty and how strange men want to have sex with him. But I don’t see a lot of stories about how cruel random men can be to women on the street. More than once, men have said things to me along the lines of “you couldn’t get this dick if you tried” or “damn she ugly” as I passed. Sure, there have been times where guys have said “damn girl, what’s your name? I said what’s your name?!?” And made comments about me to their friends, which is objectifying and demeaning. But there have also been times where boys I have never said a word to have destroyed my self esteem with one comment about how un appealing I looked. I don’t know which is worse.

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Published on January 31, 2015 at 12:45 am

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A Week in Our Shoes

Week in Our Shoes: Snowpocalypse Edition

Hey Hollas!

The Mothership survived the snowpocalypse and is back in the office and back in action! In even more exciting news, we kicked off our 12th Class for new sites! It’s our biggest class of new site leaders yet!

It’s week two for our new crop of interns. Here they are on the job:

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Caroline and Lauren

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Cat and Kate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our sites around the world have also had busy weeks:

Hollaback! Bahamas was featured in Stop Street Harassment and site leader Alicia Wallace spoke to The Tribune about her work with Hollaback! and her Queen’s Young Leaders Award. Alicia was also appointed Youth Ambassador for The Bahamas to End Sexual Violence. Could Alicia possibly be more awesome?

Hollaback! Appalachian Ohio had coverage of their newly launched safer spaces campaign in Backdrop Magazine. Inspiring stuff!

Hollaback! Halifax site leader Rebecca Faria was interviewed by the Kings Radio Room about her site and the prevalence of street harassment in Halifax.

Hollaback! New Orleans and its impressive leaders were interviewed in Loyola University’s The Maroon. Check out their roundtable discussion on street harassment this Saturday focusing on bystander intervention!

Hollaback! Kathmandu volunteers conducted the Forum Theater Project in a local high school, allowing students to interact with the issue of street harassment and stimulate debate about its causes!

Hollaback! Cuenca, one of our newest sites, was featured in El Tiempo! Congrats on your launch!

That’s all for this week! Great work, as always. Holla out!

 

 

Published on January 30, 2015 at 1:59 pm

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homophobic, Story, Uncategorized, Verbal

Crystal’s Story: I’ve never had a problem, however…

I’ve never had a problem being open about my sexuality, however, when I’m in public with my girlfriend, something is always said. One time we were at the mall, and someone said “I’d like to join you two dykes in bed”. We just kept walking. We’ve also been followed and people say things about needing real dicks in our lives. / I was alone, and when I said “No, I’m gay.” The guy said, “not after you suck on this dick.”

Published on January 30, 2015 at 12:09 pm

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Story, transphobic, Verbal

Amanda’s Story: I’m not a zoo animal

Last night I went to use the bathroom in a pharmacy across from the train station quickly before the next train came to go home. I was already anxious being a young vulnerable girl taking the train home alone at 11:40pm, so my mind slipped and I had left my keys in the bathroom due to rummaging through my purse on the sink and didn’t realize until i was about to cross the street outside of the store. Beforehand, when I walked in the store I heard and employee say “what THE fuck” and I wasn’t sure if it was towards me until I ran back into the store to get my keys I left in the bathroom. I heard him say “what THE FUCK” again and when I had come out of the bathroom going down the aisle to exit the store, he was talking shit about me with another coworker and a customer saying “oh yeah, that’s a man alright” “ew” and similar remarks. I was a bit appalled that these cashiers thought they could just treat a customer like a zoo animal. I went up to them and took their picture but I was already shaken enough so I took my phone back down too quickly and all I got was a total blur :(. However, I did catch the name of the rude bystander cashier that was with the man who was harassing me by the name of “ROXY” sadly I couldn’t catch the harasser or his instigating coworker’s name tags. To add insult to injury after taking the pictures they patronized me saying “damn HE’s got the hots for you”. I hope something is done about this I’m in the process of contacting their supervisors/managers and hopefully be taken seriously bc this is disgusting and the last thing any person, let alone a frequent customer deserves to experience on their day-to-day business.

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Published on January 30, 2015 at 12:42 am

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HOLLA ON THE GO: Followed by a car

Followed by car while walking with friends also followed in the supermarket and while walking home

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Published on January 29, 2015 at 6:14 pm

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