Verbal

HOLLA ON THE GO: “Women’s Bodies Are Not Your Property”

To the dude harassing me in Walmart: you’re disgusting. Women’s bodies are not your property. You’re “mmm baby” and “I like that” comments were vulgar as you walked passed me and looked at me like I liked it. I sneered at you and told you “are you fucking serious?” Before I walked away. My only regret is I didn’t snap a pic of your ugly mug and upload it with this post.

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A Week in Our Shoes

Week in Our Shoes: Rallying for Justice Edition

Hey Hollabackers!

This week, Hollaback! was featured in Straight.com, The Spec, Grist, Boston Magazine, Open Democracy, CBS Boston, and La Repubblica.

At the mothership, Deputy Director, Debjani Roy, hosted two trainings to SYEP through Catholic Charities about street harassment and bystander intervention tips. Executive Director, Emily May met with the Domestic Violence Commissioner and is participating this weekend in Up the River Endeavors.

10500372_670889362979304_7302927110664037061_nHere’s what HOLLAs around the world have been up to:

Hollaback! Korea was featured in this awesome interview with Cafe Seoul Podcast where they discussed street harassment in South Korea.

Hollaback! Appalachian Ohio did two screenings of Killing Us Softly 4 for the women at the Southeast Ohio Regional Jail. They will also be hosting a screening of Wonder Woman! The Untold Story of American Superheroines along with a screening printing party. So if you’re in the area, make sure to stop by!

Hollaback! Victoria marched at the Victoria Pride Parade this weekend and handed out these niffy lollipops.

Hollaback! Boston participated in the Supreme Rally for Women’s Equality, a rally protesting the Supreme Court rulings on the Hobby Lobby and Buffer Zone cases which were huge steps back for the women’s health and reproductive rights. Co-director Britni was interviewed by CBS Boston at the rally which can be found here.

Hollaback! Italia hosted a super rad Chalk Walk this past weekend. Pics of the event can be found here!

Hollaback! Bahamas held a session with over 60 7th and 8th grade students as part of the Forward Onto College and Upward to Success program. They spoke about street harassment and held small group discussions where students analyzed the roots of street harassment and ways they can help prevent it from happening. Hollaback! Bahamas was also on Guardian Radio 96.9FM where they discussed activism in the Bahamas and how citizens need to become more involved in making change happen. 

Always awesome to see HOLLAs doing kickass things. Til next time-

HOLLA and out!

-The Hollaback! Team

 

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Stalking, transphobic, Verbal

Not Your Girl’s Story: “This Could Have Turned Out Much Worse”

Walking my dog at night while talking to a friend on the phone, I heard someone behind me getting closer. He kept saying “girl, girl slow down” and “common don’t be that way.”

I didn’t think he was talking to me because I am a post transition trans man with facial hair, and I was in deep conversation. My dog stopped to smell something and I saw the shadow of his hand reaching toward my ass. He was only a foot away. I turned around, looked him in the eye, and said loudly, “Hey!” He pulled his hand back, and I started walking away quickly trying to get to the well-lit 300 N.

I informed my friend on the phone of the situation, where I was, and gave a description of the dude…He continued following me shouting, “Hey it, hey he-she, I got something for your mouth.”

He followed me for 8 blocks turning where I turned and ducking behind bushes so I couldn’t see him then popping out and cat calling again. I kept my friend on the phone with location updates until I turned a sharp corner and hid in an apartment complex until he went by so I could get home.

I am so grateful for my friends at Hollaback! Baltimore who taught me things to do in these situations because this could have turned out much worse. I’m still shaken but I decided to post on here right away so others in Salt Lake City could be aware in this part of town at 11pm.

Dude description: white dude ,skinny , guessing 5’8 ish, patchy mustache and chin hair, buzzed head and a neck tat of words.

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Verbal

HOLLA ON THE GO: Harassers Turn Defensive

I live right in downtown San Jose, and men in my cul de sac have made multiple sexual comments about me over the past few weeks. I usually turn back and give the asshole who said it a piece of my mind. The fourth (!!) guy to do it immediately freaked out when I approached him, calling me a “rude ugly bitch.” Now when I walk past they all yell about how I’m such a dumb bitch.

The cops won’t do anything “until they touch me.” A+ for San Jose PD.

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Nonverbal Harassment

HOLLA ON THE GO: “I Feel Very Unsafe Riding the Bus”

I was walking to my bus stop one day to catch my bus, and as I was waiting, a car pulled up to me and gestured to get inside the car. After shaking my head countless times, he finally drove away. I feel very unsafe riding the bus.

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Verbal

HOLLA ON THE GO: Regretting Missing the Bus

I was walking to my bus stop this morning, and I saw the bus go by, meaning I missed it. So I stopped to look at my phone to find the next time. Then this man in a car passed by me, smiled, and parked at the nearby restaurant. When he got out, he kept saying “sweetie,” so I started walking fast, but he kept yelling for me. As I was walking towards a safe place, I saw his car driving back around. He turned around and pulled by me, continuing to yell. I finally yelled for him to fuck off and he cussed back at me and drove off.

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Verbal

Lara’s Story: “I Found That Sad”

My name is Lara, I’m 15 years old. All of the cases of street harassment have been while I was running, and this time was no exception. I was out on a rather long run, and I had stopped at an intersection to catch my breath and wait for traffic to clear. Suddenly, I was approached by a group of young teenage boys that couldn’t have been any older than 13 years old. They asked me if my side hurt from running, as well as another question I didn’t quite hear. As I jogged away they yelled, “She got an ass though!” at me. I didn’t really feel threatened by this, but these kids were so young, and they were already perpetrating street harassment. I found that sad.

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Verbal

Lisa’s Story: “It’s Better for Their Ego to Be a White Knight Instead”

I just experienced sexism in the workplace, and I stomped it out. Success!

I work in the upstairs area of a building with several other co-workers. Most of my colleagues upstairs are male (this will be relevant).

There is only one printer upstairs, with approximately thirteen people using it on a daily basis. As a result, the paper in the machine runs out fairly quickly. I refill the machine about twice per month. In order to do so, I must retrieve the paper from a supply closet downstairs. In my two years of working where I do, only once has another person retrieved more paper for the printer. Twice, if you count another person who only needed more paper for their own print job.

I usually hear at least one comment from someone as I’m going back upstairs with the box of paper. It’s heavy, but I’m able to carry it for the short time it takes. The comments are mostly about how a man should be carrying it, a man should be helping me, etc. These comments come from both men and women, who have been conditioned to believe that women are fragile and weak. Brainwashing is a scary thing, folks!

I normally respond to these comments with a sarcastic laugh, a “Riiight,” or something light. But today, I didn’t! Because sexism is a load of crap. It really is.

Whenever I go into the supply closet, I usually need to tell one of my co-workers downstairs that I’m taking a box of paper, so that they can then inform the person who is responsible for replenishing the closet. This person is a man (this will also be relevant).

Well, today this person was going into the closet, so I went directly to him to ask if I could get in and take a box of paper. He warmly obliged, and unlocked the door for me.

Here’s how the dialogue proceeded:

Him: “You just need some paper?”
Me: “Yeah, just one box of 8.5″ x 11″. Ah, here it is.” *crouches down to pick it up*
Him: “Whoa, you’re going to take that whole box upstairs? Can’t you get one of the guys up there to get it?”
Me: *pauses mid-crouch without making eye-contact* “What, am I not worthy or something?”
Him: “Nah, it’s just… What are you, 135, 130?”
Me: “Hell if I know, man.”
Him: “And that box is about 45 pounds, so-”
Me: *cuts him off* “Yeah, I got it. I do this all the time.”
Him: “Well why don’t you just take the reams up separately?”
Me: *laughs* “Nah, I got it.”
Him: “You can just take half of the paper up today, and then come back for the rest tomorrow. How about that?”
Me: “Nah, I’m good. I need the paper today.” *picks up the box and starts walking out*
Him: “Okay… Well I’ll close the door behind you.”
Me: “Thanks!”

His tone was incredibly infantilizing when he was asking me to take half of the paper today, and half tomorrow. It was like he was trying to negotiate with a child. Too funny.

It did shut him up, though. The ratio of a person’s stature to the weight of an object is not a valid argument. It was strange how he continued to come up with anything to deter me.

The funny thing is, everybody wants to be the hero when it comes to seeing a woman carry something heavy, especially up stairs. They all want to be saviors and help the damsel in distress, but they can’t be bothered to get off their asses and do it when it needs to be done in the first place. They could be the ones going downstairs for the paper initially, but it’s better for their ego to be a white knight instead.

NOT WITH ME. Don’t ever believe anyone who tells you that you can’t do something because you’re a woman or girl. Trust in yourself enough to know that if you need help, you will ask for it. But otherwise, YOU CAN DO ANYTHING YOU WANT TO DO.

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public masturbation, Stalking

HOLLA ON THE GO: “I Was Terrified”

I have been followed from train car to train car on the NYC subway. When the train was in motion, he would sit there, stare at me, and openly masturbate. I eventually pretended like I was going to stay in my seat at a stop but jumped up and ran to another car at the last second. He tried to follow me but did to make it in time. He pounded on the train windows as we pulled away. I was terrified.

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Verbal

No Name’s Story: Simply “Disgusting”

So I was walking to an ice cream store in a cute town in Massachusetts with my parents, my aunt, uncle, and cousin. I see a pickup truck driving in our direction with some guy in a snapback sticking his head out the window. He actually yelled “nice legs” out of his car while looking at me while I was with my family. Disgusting.

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