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I am a science presenter in Perth, Western Australia. At work a few weeks ago, I had a group of men in an audience ~170 people. I encourage heckling in my shows, because it’s fun and keeps people awake. These men kept calling my “muma”, and once called me “sexy”. At some point, another audience member asked me a question, the kind of question that no one has answered, I said I didn’t know, and one of these men asked how I got a job if I didn’t know. Then afterwards he asked me out!!!
It’s been a busy week here at HQ, but boy has it been a good one!
On Wednesday, Emily met with NYC Councilmembers Cumbo and Palma! They’re helping us make a video that compiles NYC Councilmembers’ first experiences of harassment to help create legislative urgency and increase representation for the fight against street harassment. Keep your eyes peeled for the video!
Last week, our HeartMob Kickstarter reached 250 backers, meaning that the Knight Foundation is giving us $2,500 extra dollars so we can include our safety plan powerup in the HeartMob platform! And this week, the wins keep coming! HeartMob was featured in The New York Times (WHOA) and our friends at Catapult agreed that if we got $2,500 more donated to our Kickstarter campaign, they would give us another $2,500 to further improve our platform! That’s amazing!
Nothing but good news here! Now, let’s see what’s going on with some of our sites from around the world…
Hollaback! Ottawa is hosting their Cosplay =/= Consent workshop this Saturday at 12:30pm at Ottawa Comiccon! Cosplay is a fun way to explore your favorite characters and NOT an invitation to harassment. That’s why HB! Ottawa will be exploring the issue of harassment at Cons and how attendees can ensure that cosplayers can let their geek flags fly without fear of harassment!
Hollaback! Peterborough is hosting a Cats Against Catcalling Launch Party for their anti-street harassment campaign and website on Saturday! The party will be hosted at Artspace and they’ll be projecting their website onto its walls during the party! If you go, you can ask any questions you have about HB! Peterborough and the general Hollaback! movement. Also, attendees will be able to eat some great food, see performances of slam poetry and bands (such as Evan Gentle, Stacey Green Jumps, and Nick Ferrio), and compete for the prize for best Cat Against Catcalling costume!
Hollaback! Glasgow‘s Sandra Kinahan and Hollaback! Edinburgh‘s Lena Wanggren were featured in the Herald Scotland’s article about women in Scotland fighting back against street harassment! This conversation was sparked by Poppy Smart, who reported construction workers to the police after an entire month of being harassed by them on her walks to and from work. She’s been getting a lot of hate for standing up against her harassment, but people like Sandra, Lena, and all you great hollabackers are helping to support her. No one should be discouraged from holla-ing back!
With that, we bid all of you in Holla Land adieu! Great work this week, guys!
-the Hollaback Team
Most of the time the people who harass me do not say anything sexual. I go through weight fluctuations and I usually attract the most unwanted attention when I’m a bit heavier. One time, two people yelled at me that I had “a big fucking butt”, followed by laughter. Most recently, I was called a “fucking bitch” while crossing the street. I’m not sure what provoked this comment, but the perpetrator was with his friends so I assume he felt safe enough to yell out an insult at a random stranger.
I was walking down the street at night with my friend and a guy pulled up next to us and started saying please and yelling “dick” at us
I was 14 years old and I was with some friends in a World Cup event that was happenning at the beach. Me and a friend of mine were going to tha snack bar when a drunk 30 year old guy surrounded me and asked if I would kiss him. I didn’t want to and I told him that, but he didn’t let me go. He hugged me and asked many times why I didn’t want him while he tried to still a kiss. My friend was a little bit far, since she thought that I was intending to kiss him, and the friends of the guy were laughing aroud us. I wanted to get out of there, so I told him that I would kiss him if he let me go. It was a very disgusting moment, but then he liberated me. At that time I hadn’t realized what happened. And whenever I tell this story to someone, people also doesn’t see. By now, I regret that I didn’t kick his balls and call the security. I have the right to say “no”.
I’m a couple blocks away from my job, having just picked up some McDonald’s for myself and my boss. The bag is heavy and I’m overheated, just trying to get back so I can eat. I’m waiting to cross the street when a skinny white man on a bike wearing sunglasses and sucking on a pacifier (it looked like) starts to yell at me.
“Suck a dick white girl!”
I tried not to look but I was in such shock that someone would even say something like that, even though I have been harassed in the past. I didn’t turn my head but I looked at him zoom by as he never broke eye contact with me waiting for my reaction.
“Suck a dick!” he yelled again, smiling.
All I wanted to do was get from point A to point B without being objectified and harassed. Is that too much to ask?
allston MA on my way to a coffe shop walking my bike wearing workout gear and this dude calls out to me asking “can I ride with you?” I ignore him shaking my head then as I walk away I hear him say “sexy” ew dude that is so gross. I want to be able to walk in a world that doesn’t specialize me- like seriously not ok.
I randomly decided to go for a morning jog before going to work. I passed by a house and noticed a car I had never seen at this property (mind you, I’ve ran in this neighborhood a zillion times). The car was on and there was a guy inside. I keep jogging, to eventually turn around and jog back to my apartment. A couple of minutes after I see the same exact car parked on the side of the pavement, a little ahead of me, in front of a different house. I pass him, and take a better look at the subject. I keep running and noticed the car passed me again and parked ahead of me on the side of the pavement, AGAIN. I started freaking out but keep running towards my apartment complex. He drives past me once more and wait for me in a turn, waits for me to pass him and does the same for about three times. I was frightened and decided not run home but instead I keep running towards my Alma Matter (which is a couple of blocks away). I crossed the avenue on a red light to avoid him to catch up with my pace. I want to get inside a building but for that I need to cross a parking lot. I start running but using the cards as shields. I turn around and see that the harasser had gotten into the parking lot but was on the opposite side. I pray that he does not see me while I keep hiding among the cars. I try to get into a building but the entrances were blocked because a construction was there. I keep calling for help but no one is picking up their phones. I managed to get into a building through a back door and then I called my school’s on campus police, who gave me a ride home.
Those were the worst 20 minutes. Being followed by a guy I have never seen in my life for 10+ blocks.
Why do I have to feel the most vulnerable and unsafe when I am supposed the most free when I am doing the one thing I enjoy the most: run?! People are sick and this should end. It is not okay to alter one’s tranquility in such sick manner, there is no excuse! I think street harassment -of any kind- should be punishable!
I was leaving a screening of Out in the Night, which is amazing and everyone should see it. http://www.outinthenight.com/
We were even lucky to have the women on a panel for a Q&A. I was so moved.
As I was leaving and waiting on the corner for my ride a car full of boys pulled up and called me “beautiful” etc etc (everyone on holla back can imagine what they said). For context, I am a teacher at this university and they could have easily been my students. I let them know I wasn’t interested and told them to go on their way. They did, briefly, then they stopped their car and went in reverse to return and harass me. Have you ever felt the panic of a car full of men reversing towards you? Wasn’t the first time for me but that doesn’t mean it isn’t terrifying.
This time I played along by asking if they were students. They said they were so I said “Ok great. I’m a teacher here and I’ll be sure to remember your face. I’m sure I’ll grade your paper someday.” They weren’t impressed. Called me an ugly cunt, bitch, etc. Drove away.
They circled back a third time and I hid. I hid because they were escalating and I didn’t know what they were going to do. I didn’t know what I was going to do. I had just been inspired by Out in the Night. Maybe I would have hurt them.
I kinda wish I did.
Guy says when I’m not looking at him or near him, “Good morning. Que Linda. Beautiful.”