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RaeOno’s Story: “Booty Calls”, catcalls, and threats

I’m an F to M, pre-op and not rabidly SJW, so if people still consider me just a bearded lady it’s like, whatev. I’m also partially handicapped by my RA and have had caregivers to help with this. One, a M to F I used to live with, got so fed up with the attitudes in the neighborhood she quit, so now I have a feisty lady who comes to help.
Directly below me is an older man.  Since he moved in there is a constant flow of rude people standing around on his porch, and they had taken to harassing the lady who works for me.

Initially since she had thought he was friendly she gave him her contact info, but he used it to “booty call” her, demanding she come down and suck his dick. When she told him no thank you, he decided to direct his anger at me, threatening to report me for having an illegal tenant. Last I heard disabled people are allowed to have caregivers, and I’d already informed Housing of her existence.

Now every time I step out on my porch I get catcalls or threats, as does she.

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HOLLA ON THE GO: Buffet creepers

I was at a buffet with my friend (also a female) while there we went to go get more food. While walking to and from the buffet this group of older men would stare, wink, and make very obscene gestures.

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HOLLA ON THE GO: Harassment out the window

I was wearing a bikini (we had just gone swimming), just laying on he grass trying to enjoy a picnic with my family. A car full of men probably close to my father’s age drove by, honked at me and cat called out the window.

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HOLLA ON THE GO: Grrrr is right!

Walking out of subway, a man kept calling after me. Calling me snowflake and telling me to turn around. It was particularly frustrating because I never wear tank tops bc it seems like I always get harassed when I do. I HAD to today because it is ungodly hot and low and behold…grrrr.

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HOLLA ON THE GO: Ignored and then shouted at

I wanted to try this new hair store on White Plains Road. The clerk ignored me when I tried to get his attention to pay. I told him I would go to a place that respected cash paying customers, while putting his stuff on top of other products to leave. He jumped from the counter down to where I was and said, “Why do you throw my things on the floor you bitch!!!!???” Screaming from the top of his lungs. I called the cops…

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HOLLA ON THE GO: Drive by harassment

I was wearing my school uniform walking to the bus with my best friend. A group of males in a car passed us and yelled “SLUTS” out the window at us.

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HOLLA ON THE GO: Holla’d back at the drug store

I was in line at the drug store waiting to get a prescription. A guy sitting in the chair made some gross noise and then said something about me having a great ass. I turned to him and said that it was really disrespectful and rude and how would he like it if someone treated his sisters or daughters like that. He didn’t exactly apologize but he was embarrassed at least.

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HOLLA ON THE GO: Walking home from the bike share

Was walking home from the bike share in Ledriot Park around 10 or 11pm. I was in the street because I feel like that’s a safer place to walk in that neighborhood instead of the dark sidewalks. A guy drove by and stopped and said said something about how sexy I was and I told him to get the f out of my face. He yelled something back and drove off.

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HOLLA ON THE GO: “Seriously?”

I was walking home from work near the shaw metro and three guys walked towards me, one of them saying “girl when you gonna stop playing and show me that pussy” I have no idea if I’ve ever seen these guys before and I didn’t get a good look to avoid them in the future, but seriously?

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A week in our shoes: AROUND THE WORLD

Dear Hollabackers –

Here’s what happened this week around the world:

Hollaback! Baltimore posted a video of their confrontation with a harasser at their amazing PROCLAIM NO SHAME! event this past weekend. Way to hollaback, Bmore!

Hollaback! Appalachian Ohio did a workshop with the women at the Southeast Ohio Regional Jail and had a woman pledge 100 hours of community service once she is released.

Hollaback! Berlin’s amazing Cats Against Catcalling compilation was featured in Bitch Magazine. If you haven’t checked it out yet, you can download the entire thing for FREE here! They will also be having an info session at the Randgestalten Festival.

Hollaback! Victoria, BC is doing a skill share with a local forum theatre veteran this weekend!

Hollaback! Czech celebrated Prague Pride! They represented at the inaugural party at the mayor’s house, did a week-long tabling event, were interviewed on their work, conducted an interview with Adam Bouska and Jeff Parshley, the founders of the NOH8 campaign, and did a Hollaback/NOH8 photoshoot!

Hollaback! LA has brand new postcards to show off!

Hollaback! Winnipeg was on CBC Manitoba Information Radio this morning talking street harassment!

Hollaback! Hamilton was interviewed by their local Take Back The Night organizer!

Hollaback! Ottawa’s campaign for safety on their local transit continues! Site leader Julie was on CBC All In A Day radio. She was also interviewed by the Ottawa Sun about some of OC Transpo’s proposed safety changes as well as by CBC about a recent sexual assault on transit. They got a tip from a reader about some safety issues at a local bus stop and so they went to check it out. They had several more press mentions this week in pieces regarding safety on public transit, too– one in the Metro and two in the Ottawa Citizen.

Hollaback! Boston posted a recap of their very first Take Back The Bar event, as well as the Defend Don’t Offend rally they attended with local organization Close To Home last week. They also made signs for a rally they plan to attend this weekend for Women’s Equality Day. They welcomed a new Outreach Coordinator, Brenda, to the team and shared a video that was sent to them following the chalk walk at HOLLA::Revolution. You can listen to them tonight on Let’s Talk Action radio.

 HOLLA and out –

The Hollaback! team

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