A man on the train patted me on the head like a dog because I use a powerwheelchair. Nearby bystanders did/said nothing.
Fall is in full swing, and with the shift in seasons come some other changes here at HQ, so let’s get to it! Our three new interns have officially started this week, with Aiofe working on Heartmob Program, Talia on Development and Program and Suzy on Communications. We’re excited to see what they can contribute to our wonderful organization in the coming months!
We’ve also been making strides toward improving our online presence as well! HeartMob’s website has undergone some changes, including updates to the About and FAQ pages, a new feature that will display comments from other trusted HeartMob users, enhanced help and guides on best practices via the Support pages and the combining of Help Requests and My Cases into the My Harassment tab. These changes were made to provide convenience and support, and to improve overall usability. Hollaback!’s site is also receiving a well-deserved makeover, and photos from last week’s shoot are set to appear on the new website, which will likely launch in late October.
Our Co-Founder and Executive Director Emily May attended a Digital Momentum Training Conference last weekend, and learned some new tools to build social movements through our organization. The conference gave Emily a chance to connect and network with folks from other groups, which helped her understand how Hollaback! is both similar to and different from other organizations. The conference was super helpful, and we hope to attend more like it soon!
Here’s what is going on with our sites around the world:
Hollaback! Vancouver took a stand against Jan Huang, a “pickup artist” who visited the University of British Columbia on Wednesday, Sept. 14. Huang teaches students a three-day-long $1,500 dating boot camp on how to approach women. Hollaback! Vancouver’s team lead and UBC student Stacey Forrester was mentioned in British Columbia’s daily newspaper The Province, saying Huang’s pickup boot camp is “part of harassment culture.” Forrester and other students used social media to notify the university president that Huang was on campus, and repeatedly asked campus security to remove him from the premises. Thanks for taking a stand, Hollaback! Vancouver!
Hollaback! Ottawa was featured on The Ghomeshi Effect, a dance-theater company about sexual violence in Canada on Sunday, Sept. 18 for an event called Mean Tweets Live: The Ghomeshi Effect, which was previewed in an article in The Ottawa Citizen. The article explained that the event, which was inspired by late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel’s Mean Tweets segment, entails attendees reading aloud mean tweets and using the opportunity to fight back against misogyny through humor and solidarity. All proceeds raised from the event benefitted Hollaback! Ottawa. Great job!
With the launch of Hollaback! Jakarta’s website came an entire article about the initiative published in The Jakarta Post on Tuesday, Sept. 20. The article explained Hollaback!’s global and local mission. Hollaback! Jakarta co-founder Angie said the website’s goal is “for Jakarta to end street harassment.” Identifying the website as a story-sharing platform, Angie said it helps raise awareness and build a connection with other organizations that share the same goal. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for Hollaback! Jakarta!
Great work everyone! That’s all for this week!
Holla and out!
–the Hollaback! Team
Two guys yelled at me from their car as they drove by. Like I needed to be reminded that I’m an object.
So I work as a nightlife photographer and I really feel that I have to get a few things off my chest! My job involves me taking pictures of people having a good time, but often on a night I will have to deal with a few assholes! You would think a girl could get used to this sort of thing or just take things as a joke, and I do some of the time, but when you are constantly being chatted up or kissed on the cheek or whatever, it does get rather soul destroying. All I want to do is my job and carry on so I can pay bills! I am there to take photos, not hand out my number! Fair enough people are drunk but it gets so tiring, I am a photographer and an artist and not a piece of meat! Every night, it’s a constant battle, as someone would grab me from behind or try to kiss me or ask my number or pinch my bum or tell me that I would look hotter with dark hair, or ask me what I’m doing after work or give me compliments that may seem all well and good but they just make me feel uncomfortable! this constant sort of harassment from the many drunk men of Newcastle just makes me feel like an empty vessel, or like an object; like I have no soul and I’m just there for the entertainment! Why can’t people just have a normal conversation? I don’t mind normal conversations, in fact, that is a much more welcome social interaction! There are few times I have had to literally push people away because they got a bit close! I’m only 5-foot-3 but I think I’m a lot tougher than I look, although I’m always terrified that something will be taken the wrong way if I lash out.
I was walking from my car to seasons of Japan and this man started hollering at me saying I was sexy, etc. When I ignored him, his friend yelled out “leave my baby mama alone.” He then followed me to the door asking me if I wanted to have his kids.
I’m eating lunch in a food court area, and I just watched a guy walk by loudly yelling comments about the appearance of a girl working at Starbucks.
I live in the northern quarter in a really busy area so it’s not often I’m walking on the streets alone, but yesterday I happened to be going down a quiet back street on the way back from the gym. Two guys no older than 30 came behind and began to walk on either side of me, and I had music on so couldn’t hear what they were saying. I took a headphone out and told them to leave me alone. They told me to learn to take a compliment and that wearing leggings like that, I was asking for attention.
Luckily, a family came out of a restaurant and they sauntered off, not without winking and miming an ass slap. This was at 7 p.m. and right next to my home, I don’t deserve to feel unsafe.
I was walking home from campus with my heavy backpack on (therefore aware of how immobile I was) and a teenage male saw me, made eye contact, walked around the back of his apartment complex and was waiting with his genitals out when I walked past on the sidewalk. I called the police to report it but didn’t feel sympathy or that action was being taken by the dispatcher.
There is a man who commonly hangs out near the AA building on the weekends. He is always with his buddies and drinking beer out of a cup. He always wears black oakley style sunglasses. And he always, ALWAYS, has something disrespectful to say to me when I walk by. This has been happening for years and for a while, it caused me so much anxiety that I would walk out of my way on the weekends to avoid him and that corner. I have confronted him many times but he just laughs at me and calls me names. I feel so helpless and angry about the situation. He clearly enjoys seeing me upset but it is very hard to ignore after five years.
After I was asked to walk with a young girl (about 13 years old) to a car to get something, a group of boys were staring at her from the moment they saw her until she was out of sight. When I stared back at them, making clear what I thought about it, it didn’t bother them at all. Normally I would expect a sign of embarrassment in such a situation, but it showed me that there wasn’t any respect for the girl. For me, it was really sad to see.