At around 22:45 on Wednesday, December 18th, I was walking from work to a restaurant that is open all night with free wifi with the intentions of finishing my last papers of the semester. It isn’t particularly cold out right now, but I expect it will be later, so I brought an incredibly large down coat. When I was about two blocks away from the restaurant, a car full of men screamed at me to show them my tits.
It is dark out and I was by myself, but I have walked this route many times before without issue, so I didn’t react. When I didn’t react, they turned around and continued yelling. I was nearing the restaurant, so I crossed through the parking lot at the same time that two older gentlemen did. I opened the door and they followed me in, so the hostess assumed we were together. When she offered to set a table for three, I said “No, just one.” The men behind me, who are easily older than my father, told me that she could set a table for three if I wanted, and I refused staunchly. They called me a bitch as I followed the hostess to a table. I am so furious that I am shaking.
The picture is a selfie I took a while back in the coat for reference. It is several sizes too large for layering purposes, and it literally goes down to the tops of my boots.
So I was walking back to our villa with my roomies from a convention when every few steps someone would honk, call out their window, try to come up and talk to us, ect. At first I was kind of in shock. I’m only fourteen and come from a really small town and had never experienced this before. I heard “Hey beautiful.” numerous honks “Hey Sexy-hey sexy-hey sexy.” (which kept going until I flipped them off.) and once I did flip them off I got a snide ‘bitches’ which caused my friend to fucking loose it and yell at the truck full of creeps that she would slit their fucking throats.
A little while after that we got to an area that wasn’t very well lit (as night was approaching, thank god our villa was only a little bit away) When groups of men came up to us trying to talk to us and following us. It was terrifying. Thank god they got the idea that they should stop after ignoring them for 10 minutes. Once we finally got to our villa we locked the doors and decided we were taking a taxi/ catching a ride with friends from then on. Below is a picture of me from that day with one of my roomies. (i’m the blonde one) I don’t care if my outfit was ‘sexy’ or ‘flashy’ I shouldn’t be made to feel unsafe, threatened, or objectified even if I was walking around naked.
It’s the 18th day of our 31 days of HOLLA and we’re looking at Hollaback! NYC!
Along with Interns Sarah, Maya, and Stacy, Hollaback! NYC published “Harassment Is” – an intersectional approach to street harassment. Check it out here:http://www.ihollaback.org/
Show some support for our NYC Hollaback! site at http://nyc.ihollaback.org/
On the 17th day of our 31 days of HOLLA, we’re turning towards team Hollaback! Appalachian Ohio!
Hollaback! Appalachian Ohio launched in April of 2013 and have been making huge strides in the movement against street harassment ever since. In May, the team began their Bystander Intervention Training for area bartenders, working together to create safer spaces free of harassment. Recently, Hollaback! Appalachian Ohio has been actively working with F*CKRAPECULTURE, speaking at events and rallies.
Go team Hollaback! Appalachian Ohio! Support our site leaders and share your story at http://
A man on the rapidride D bus line heading north hurled sexist insults at the female bus driver. When I grumbled that that was not cool, he turned and made obscene gestures at me for several minutes until he finally got off the bus.
It’s the 16th day of our 31 days of HOLLA and today we’re highlighting yet another newly launched site, Hollaback! Korea!
Team Hollaback! Korea just launched this December with a strong team of site leaders challenging street harassment in Korea! The team organized their launch party this December 14th and had a huge turnout!
Great job Hollaback! Korea! To support Hollaback! Korea and share your story, visit http://korea.ihollaback.org/
Two men in their twenties followed me while I was walking to the store. They repeatedly made sexual comments about my body and followed me about two blocks to the store front before they left.
On the 15th day of HOLLA, we’re celebrating one of our newest teams, Hollaback! Pittsburgh!
Hollaback! Pittsburgh launched this December 3rd. They had 50 people attend their launch party on December 4 at Verde Mexican Kitchen & Cantina! In their first few weeks, they’ve started the conversation around street harassment in Pittsburgh through multiple segments and interviews on KDKA and WESA, two newsradio stations.
Great job Pittsburgh! We cannot wait to see what you’ll accomplish in the new year! To show some support to Hollaback! Pittsburgh, check out their site at http://
Here’s what the HOLLAs around the world have been up to:
Hollaback Alberta’s, Laura Alston won the Government of Alberta Graduate Citizenship Award for 2013! Congrats!
Hollaback! Winnipeg recently gained support of the local Status of Women who helped get HB!Winnipeg team up to take action in the work/consult/knowledge share with provincial policy makers, the local police, the national police, and community orgs as a part of the UN Women’s Safe City Global Initiative. Winnipeg is the first Canadian city to do so. Congrats!!
Hollaback! Boston produced this amazing video (image taken from video above), thanks to a volunteer. HB!Boston also presented a workshop on street harassment to 100 girls at Hartford Public High School, and held a workshop for teen girls at our local Boys and Girls Club.
Hollaback! Appalachian Ohio held a 1.5 hour workshop for 25 students at Trimble High School and are excited to go back next week for the second segment.
Hollaback! Polska signed and promoted an open letter in protest to women objectification in national campaign for safe roads. The protest concerned this film and this comic. The letter was addressed to Advertising Ethics Commission, Equal Rights Commissioner and to the National Roads and Autostrades Head Office (the author of campaign). Their complaint was signed by few other feminist NGO’s and sent yesterday.
Till next week —
HOLLA and out!
-The Hollaback! Team
On the 14th day of HOLLA, the spotlight is on team Hollaback! Hamilton!
Hollaback! Hamilton launched this year – and what a year it’s been! Since their launch, they’ve had their first chalk walk, spoke at the Hamilton leadership summit on women and political activism, spoke at McMaster University’s Take Back the Night, and created supportive anti-street harassment cards for all you amazing bystanders out there.
We can’t wait to see what the next year brings for team Hollaback! Hamilton! Show them your support and share your story at http://