Story, Verbal

Punnie’s Story: Catcalling is FAR from a minor infraction

It was about 3:30 am on a Friday night/Saturday morning when I decided to walk to the Dunkin’ Donuts near my apartment to grab a scoop of ice cream. I crossed the brightly-lit intersection, seeing in the corners of my eyes, the cars waiting for their light to change. I noted a convertible at the front of the intersection and closest to me, which was fully seated with three men and a girl. Suddenly, I heard a male voice yell from the car, “How much?” With a quick glance back, I retorted, “Go fuck yourself! to which the man haughtily replied, “She said, ‘Go fuck yourself!’ Hahahaha!!!”

Needless to say, I was incredibly offended by this stranger’s unabashed objectification of me and my body, by his diminishing me into something that can be bought. I feel extremely angry thinking about it. The sexual objectification of women in our culture is pervasive. Some people feel that cat-calling is a minor, practically non-issue. But as a young woman in my twenties, I am telling the world that it is far from a minor infraction. Nearly every day, I deal with cat-calling. I’d like to be able to walk out of my apartment to run errands or buy some ice cream without worrying that I will be verbally or physically violated. I cannot wait for our society to be one that demands respect for women at all times.

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Nonverbal Harassment, Story

HOLLA ON THE GO: Cucumber rubbing harasser

My friends and I were walking down the street when a car full of guys slowed down, one of them had a cucumber and started rubbing it and making faces at us, we jumped into the closest building

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Story, Verbal

HOLLA ON THE GO: Approaching harasser

I was getting into my car but the key wasn’t working, I heard a man getting closer, he started saying things like sexy beautiful gorgeous, I got nervous and it made the key more hard to work, finally he was right in front of me and he yelled “hey bitch,” I stared at him and yelled shut up and finally my key worked and I got in my car and drove away

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groping, Story

Elora’s Story: “I didn’t tell him to stop because I was too scared”

One night in Portland my friends and I decided to go to and under 21 club. When we got in there we mostly danced with each other. Then one guy came up behind me and shoved his crotch to my butt. He then proceeded to grope me without my permission. I didn’t tell him to stop because I was too scared. I thought since he was so close he could hurt me very fast without anyone noticing. So I would, “accidentally” hit him in the face while trying to push back my hair. He eventually ran to the bathroom and was wearing sweat pants. When I got home and got changed I saw huge bruises on my hips from him squeezing me so hard. I had these bruises for weeks and had to explain them to my boyfriend.

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Story, Verbal

Denise’s Story: “It felt hostile and frightening”

On an extra hot day, I had decided to wear- albeit hesitating very much- a tank and jean shorts. I felt uncomfortable wearing this outfit, because of the kind of harassment women and minors get in my neighborhood. However, I realized that if I was restricting my outfit that much to avoid any kind of demeaning attention, whether or not the men (and boys) cared if I was an adult or that I just simply didn’t want it, I was giving these people a kind of power over me. I decided to opt for comfort.

My fiance and I went around the area, walking our dog and getting an errand done. I had in fact, half an hour later, almost completely forgotten about the anxiety of the very thought of being approached by a stranger via harassment or assault. On our way back, a group of rowdy men stopped suddenly. I wasn’t sure if it was at a red light, but they immediately spotted me and began to yell from the vehicle. Making very odd, inappropriately dramatic gestures. Grinning, speaking straight in our direction. I felt like they were looking straight at me.

At first, I didn’t understand what had happened. I was in the middle of a conversation with my partner when this moment abruptly interrupted us. But I immediately felt like something bad was happening or something worse could happen. I frowned at them in confusion, perhaps looking displeased.

The driver, with his window down, repeated his remarks and he drove off really fast. A block of walking in silence and we had realized what they were asking was how much my partner had paid for me.

I was being propositioned. And I knew that day I looked young enough to pass for a minor even though I am 23. In either case, it felt hostile and frightening and made me feel disgusting about myself and furious at not having pepper sprayed them immediately.

My mother took my account with an air of tiredness. All she could say was, “Some men are like that”, and to ignore what had happened.

Sexual/gender based violence (among other serious issues) is very prevalent in my area. And the more I experience this, the more driven I am to do something about it. I’m just not sure how to stop the violence if I see it, and get the community to stand with me without actually getting hurt.

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Story, Verbal

HOLLA ON THE GO: Bystander tactics

Some young men in a car whistled at a group of two women and a man.

I was standing on the same corner as the group of three, so to distract the young men in the car, I pretended to believe that they had whistled at me. I called out, “Hey, how *you* doin’?” in a flirtatious manner. They seemed to react appreciatively, even though I am a man.

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Story, Verbal

Zoe’s Story: “I thought someone was calling their dog or something”

It was late in the evening and my father and I were going to pick up my brother, who was meeting us in a restaurant. My father had gone in and I was lagging behind, tying my shoe or something. That’s when I heard the whistling. I thought someone was calling their dog or something. then I saw them, 3 guys across the road hooting and stuff. oh BTW I was wearing pjs. yep, my dowdiest full length pjs and a dressing gown. I had done nothing to bring this on. What the hell?

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groping, Story


Waiting outside a fast food place in Camden after clubbing and a man actually grinded up against me! Gross!

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Story, Verbal

HOLLA ON THE GO: Creeper bus

Bus full of man pigs harassing women as they walked by

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The Movement, Uncategorized

Week in our Shoes: Rev up the Engine Edition!

streetharassmentsuxkHey Hollaback!er’s,


Over the last two weeks, Hollaback! has been featured in: Today, Mic, The Daily Beast, Huffington Post, NME, the New York Times, and more.


Hollaback! sites around the world have been busy!


  Hollaback! Bahamas had major press in the Tribune. Their team met with The College of the Bahamas Student Union to make plans for a Health and Safety Forum, plan a chalk walk, and hold a forum on local Equality bills. They attended a training seminar on CEDAW, attended three education forums held by the Constitutional Commission on the Equality Bills, and attended Parliament last week to see the Equality Bills tabled.
Hollaback! Berlin held a chalk walk. You can check out the chalk walk photos here.
Hollaback! Hamilton‘s site leaders were interviewed for the Hamilton Spectator (article coming out in September). Site leader Jess spoke at the Connect, Engage, Empower: Fostering exchange to support individuals affected by domestic violence.
Hollaback! Halifax tabled at a community fair after their local Pride Parade. Later on in the week, they provided backup and support to the Pro Love: event. Check out Hollaback! Halifax’s write up of the Pro-Love demonstration hereSite leader Rebecca was interviewed by the Halifax morning news – stay tuned for links!
Hollaback! Boston participated in the Computer Clubhouse Teen Summit at Northeastern University, talking to youth about community organizing. They also held a teen workshop at a local women’s center, and tabled at the War on Women show. Finally, site leader Britni was interviewed for RH Reality Check about counterprotests outside reproductive health clinics.
Hollaback! Ottawa held a chalk walk and attended the Capital Geek Girls Ladies Night event at the Comic Book Shoppe. They also held a Municipal election meeting, titled “Let’s keep Gender Based Violence on the Agenda.”


Hollaback! Des Moines attended the Des Moines display of the Monument Quilt: a part of FORCE, Upsetting Rape Culture
Hollaback! Appalachian Ohio sponsored a derby car (driven by Kayla Sinclair of Athens, Ohio) in the Demolition Derbies at the Athens and Meigs County Fairs. Check out their astounding run HERE!.


Amazing work HOLLAs! Until next time,


HOLLA and out!


– The Hollaback! Team

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