In this study, you will watch a short, randomly selected video of an individual and make decisions and predictions about his/her behavior and emotions. The survey should take approximately 20 minutes to complete and all responses are strictly anonymous.
We get inspiring emails from around the world, but this one stood out to us. It’s from a mother in Birmingham, Alabama, who is looking to start a Hollaback in Birmingham this summer. She writes:
“You are probably familiar with the iconic “southern belles” of movie lore. While this is a stereotype, it is somewhat grounded in truth. In Alabama, most women are taught that our strength lies within our ability to quietly endure whatever befalls us. We are constantly told that we can neutralize the institutional violence against our persons by putting on a friendly face. Not only does this create an unbearable cognitive dissonance (after all, we’re taught that human lives have value, but are asked to devalue our own), it is also a fallacy. Study after study has proven that this response can actually single us out as good victims to predators. I want to inspire other women to stand up for themselves. I want to create solidarity in my city, which has been so scarred by racism, classism, and sexism. It’s time for the women of this community to come together and confront these old fallacies, which have been used to silence us for too long.”
As a fellow southerner, this one gave me chills. This is a sign of good things to come from Birmingham.
I got on the 4 train at Brooklyn Bridge at about 11:30 last Friday. A man was sitting with his legs spread wide, taking up two spaces. I approached him and asked him to make room for me to sit, as I have asked a million people before him. For the first time, my question was met with a mean, empty stare. I waited, then said, “You won’t make room for another person?” And he said nothing, and a man sitting across the aisle from him made room for me and I sat down and took out a book. That’s when the first man started to threaten me. “That bitch thinks she can look at me? I’m going to smack the shit out of that bitch. I’m going to smack the shit out of her.” He seemed to be speaking to himself, but the man next to him chimed in, “That bitch is stupid.” I got off the train five stops later and they never stopped repeating those sentences. And I was scared, because he was bigger than I was, and because if he had followed me off the train, I wouldn’t have been able to fend off an attack. It didn’t occur to me to contact the authorities until about twenty minutes after I’d gotten off the train, and by then it was too late to catch him.
When I did contact the police, they were nothing but helpful. I was worried that they’d say I shouldn’t have been on the subway alone at night, or give me some stupid violence prevention tip, but the only thing they said along those lines was that late at night, it’s best to sit in the conductor’s car. I wish I had contacted them as soon as I’d gotten off the train, from the station. I wish I had looked for a transit worker to complain to. If I had reported it sooner, they could have caught him. I want to encourage people to report subway threats as soon as they are received.
The other thing is that although I was on a crowded train (so crowded that I asked a man to move over for me), nobody stood up for me. I know everyone keeps to themselves on the subway, and I’m not offended. But if just one man had spoken up to that man, it might have made a difference. Possibly. I don’t know.
Submitted by Ellie
Our copywriter Domenique found this while searching the internet for design-inspiration. LOVE.
Today at school I was walking to Geometry with my friend, when from behind I heard a guy say, “Watch this.” He then proceeded to take his hand and tickle the underside of my butt. I immediately turned and hit him with my lunch bag, but he laughed it off, and no one tried to help me. I wish I had kicked him in the nuts. I now feel just as bad as I did last spring when some eighth grade boys wouldn’t leave me alone.
Submitted by Austin Girl
On a crowded downtown 6 train, filled with commuters going to work (around 9:40am on Feb 10, 2011). A man in his late 20-mid 30s, with an orange baseball cap, nerdy glasses and large black north face jacket masturbated on a woman’s back as she was reading the paper. He was standing behind her with his back against the closed door side of the train. His positioning makes me think he’s planned this out and executed this before. The train was silent, I looked around to make eye contact with another male because I felt uncomfortable speaking up for fear for my safety. She left the train and he, with a disappointed look on his face, scoured the train for other women to move towards. He looked at me and I shook my head in disapproval. He then left the train.
I never forget a face so if I see him again i will take a photo.
Submitted by ewoo
If you’ve ever lived or studied abroad, you may have celebrated a holiday that we have yet to recognize widely here in the States: International Women’s Day.
In Italy, men give handfuls of flowers to the women in their lives each year on March 8.
Google changes its logo for everything, but Hollaback couldn’t help but notice no cool new logo last year for the holiday. Some internet research reveals that Google appeared to have added the female symbol to its logo back in 2005, but nothing has been done since. Apparently this is not the case for Google users abroad who report that the company has in fact been keeping up with the holiday.
What is your experience? Have you ever celebrated or been the recipient of gifts on International Women’s Day while abroad? How do people in other cultures celebrate this day, and can anyone explain Google’s reluctance to honor it?
Armchair revolutionary and badass bloggers wanted!
Deadline to submit material for consideration is tomorrow, February 11 by 2:00pm EST.
Please email letter explaining your interest and qualifications as well as a blog post for publication to [email protected]. Bloggers will be selected for diversity of voice, clarity of writing, and overall badassness.
After being raped at gunpoint in her Harlem apartment in 2001, Jana Leo resolved to fight back not only against the rapist but against the landlord whose greed and calculated recklessness set the stage for the break-in. Encountering police disinterest, a health care system that refused to pay for a rape kit, and a beleaguered district attorney’s office, Leo sought justice for the violence of the attack, an experience that has resonated throughout her life.
The Feminist Press, along with Center for the Humanities at CUNY, RightRides, and Hollaback!, is sponsoring a series of dialogues to commemorate artist, philosopher, and architecture scholar Jana Leo’s forthcoming book Rape New York (Feminist Press, February 2011). Jana will be joined by writer and curator Gavin Browning, feminist writer and organizer Jennifer Baumgardner, architect and SUPERFRONT founder Mitch McEwen, and Michelle Anderson, Dean of CUNY Law School.
Join Hollaback! in Fort Greene on Monday, February 21 for the third discussion of the series.
Monday, February 21: Greenlight Bookstore, Fort Greene, Brooklyn, 7:30 pm
Violent Crime & the Urban Landscape with Mitch McEwen
Click here for a full calendar of events.
I was verbally sexually harassed by a train conductor while I was on the platform of the Marble Hill Metronorth station. My train arrived on the southbound side at 4:40pm on Feb 8, 2011, the harasser was the conductor in the center car with his head stuck out of the window on the northbound track as his train was departing. His train was in motion and he shouted “Hey there sexy!” at me. As though (1) a train in motion meant he had a clear getaway. Guess what genius? The trains are timed to the minute, and you are on the clock! (2) I had no recourse. I’ll keep you posted on how the MTA responds to my complaint. This is completely inappropriate, unprofessional, and moreover illegal.
And for the record, he is in his 30s-40s, and is on the MTA payroll so he can ride the trains and shout at women who are commuting. DO I PAY TO RIDE & GET HARASSED?? No.
Submitted by Sophia