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Amanda’s Story: “Guess he didn’t think I could hear him”

Some d-bag walked by me (I had headphones on) and he said “I wanna eat your p*ssy”. Guess he didn’t think I could hear him but don’t worry, I did. And I. Lit. Him. Up. I shouted a large array of expletives at the guy, flipped him off, generally tried to cause him to suffer incredible embarrassment. It pisses me off when people tell me I shouldn’t have said anything and that I compromised my safety (even though it was noon on a Tuesday). My safety was already compromised by the fact that a loser piece of sh*t thought he could TRY to intimidate me. I don’t think so, bub.

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Cat’s Story: No day at the beach

Every year my college has an event where students go to the beach and build elaborate sand sculptures. I have macromastia so unfortunately I get a lot of unwanted attention whenever I wear a bathing suit. There were a few very uncomfortable instances.

1) While my team and I were building our sandcastle a guy came up and started snapping pictures with a cellphone camera. At that point I had been working on a minor detail and was away from the main piece. He kept pointing his camera in my direction so I used the sand mound I had built to hide my chest. He finally gives up and leaves.

2) There was another creepy photographer who was also trying to take photos of me when I was trying to fly a kite and enjoy the ocean. I turned away from him (hopefully in time). I’ve seen albums and photos on flickr and reddit where people have snapped photos of other people and included them in their “personal collection.” I’m scared that someone did take a photo of me.

3) When I had gotten out of the water numerous men and women openly stared at my breasts and made me feel very uncomfortable.

4) One woman said “I don’t envy you.” I suppose this comment was made in regards to my breasts, but I don’t even know. I hadn’t gestured to her or made any sort of indication that I thought she envied me. I wasn’t being show off-y or anything. Even if I was, what gives her the right to comment on my body?

TL;DR: My day at the beach was ruined because people are creepy assholes and believe that they are entitled to take photos of or make rude comments about people’s bodies.

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A Week In Our Shoes: Rockin’ Zines Worldwide

Dear Hollas– Lindsey

This week we said farewell to our incredible Research and Development Intern, Lindsey! Thank you Lindsey for your months of amazing work, dedication, and blazin’ hot spirit! YOU ROCK!!

Hollaback! co-sponsored NOW-NYC’s Mayoral Forum on women and girls which took place on Tuesday at Pace University. On Thursday, we attended the New York Women’s Foundation Breakfast.

Our Program Associate, Jae Cameron wrote a kickass Op-ed in the Huffington Post on how, “Street Harassment is an LGBTQIA Issue.”  Check it out! We also got some sweet shout outs this week in The Times News and Whitehot Magazine.

AND here’s what hollas around the world are up to:

Site Leaders, Eglantine and Aurore are hosting a workshop on Hollaback! and street harassment at the Queer, feminist and social media praxis workshop/conference this month in Brighton. BUT they need your help! Travelling ain’t free unfortunately, so the hollas set up a GoFundMe campaign! Please spread the word and help them get to Brighton!!

Hollaback! Chemnitz had their launch party last week! At the party, guests released their self-published zines and celebrated the beginning of Hollaback! Chemnitz. Check out the lovely photos of the event!

Hollaback! Appalachian got some press in Athens Ohio Today about the launch of their new site!

Hollaback! Bosnia-Herzegovina set up a booth at their local fair and got LOTS of visitors! Check out the coverage of the event including some great pictures of the hollas in action!

Hollaback! Croatia brings you Hollaback! themed materials inspired by their recent contest! Check these out!

Hollaback! Berlin announces the Cats Against Cat Calling Compilation release party on May 31st!! Berlin hollas partnered with Riot Grrrl Berlin to put together this amazing project. The site will also be on the radio this upcoming Sunday. Listen to them here.

Hollaback! Chandigarh supports the city of Chandigarh in its first ever LGBTQ Pride March! Watch this BEAUTIFUL video of the march and celebration!

Hollaback! Istanbul is revving their engines for the upcoming “We Chalk Walk” campaign! Hollas London Birthday held a general meeting this week to talk about events and Hollaback-related plans! Stay tuned!

Hollaback! London is turning three years old! The site celebrated three years of fighting street harassment in conjunction with the launch of their publication, Langdon Olgar II! The big birthday bash/launch ceremony was complete with awesome music and delicious food. HAPPY BIRTHDAY HOLLAS!!

Hollaback! West Yorkshire is excited to announce that they are now accepting submissions for their very first zine on street harassment. Send stories, poems, drawings, pictures, etc. to with `zine submission’ in the header. The site is also preparing for their street harassment workshop in Bradford on June 1st!

Hollaback! Baltimore blogger Rebecca sheds light on how we have made significant progress in normalizing gay marriage, but very little progress normalizing abortion. Definitely a must read.

Hollaback! Boston interviewed Holly of the Holly Dolly blog for this week’s edition of the “Introducing” series. Site leader Britni hollas back at a possibly sexist marketing scheme by Coca Cola.

Beautiful week everyone! Keep up the inspiring work!

Holla and out

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LR’s Story: Creepy Whale Impressionist

My friend was walking home from the bus stop and a man in a car made whale noises at her.

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Isabel’s Story: That’s No Delivery Man

Once when I was 12 years old I was walking home from a piano lesson. I could hear a man yelling angrily behind me and no one was responding, but being so young and in a public space, I assumed I was being paranoid and that he was yelling at someone on the phone. This is especially in light of the fact that it was winter and I was short and wearing thick winter clothes. Either way, I was definitely creeped out, so I crossed the street and took a different route home. As I was approaching my block, I could hear increasingly aggressive yelling coming from down my street, in the same direction from which I had been coming. I panicked and prayed that it wasn’t some maniac with a gun, and ran inside my house. Shortly afterwards, the doorbell rang, and since it was dark out I couldn’t see through the peephole. I was home alone and I thought maybe my mom had forgotten her keys, and opened the door. A tall man with a nondescript plastic bag was standing there (it didn’t even look like anything was in the bag), and he said “Uh I have a delivery for this address.” I told him “we” hadn’t ordered anything, and he said “but I have your address here” and clearly didn’t have any address written down and was not dressed like a delivery man, nor did he have a bicycle or vehicle. I quickly apologized and closed the door on him, and locked it, but I could see that he was still standing on my porch for a while. I grabbed a knife and went back to my room, but fortunately my mom came home and nothing happened. I was very much shaken by the experience, especially when I saw they arrested the man in the local newspaper for stalking and raping/groping young women.

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It’s National GIVE OUT Day!

Give OUT Day is a new national initiative that will engage hundreds of organizations and mobilize thousands of people on a single day across the country to give in support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender & queer community. It is a chance for LGBTQ groups large and small, to work across the wide range of issues and activities that matter to the LGBTQ community from sports to policy change, families to the arts. It is a chance for members of the LGBTQ community and our many allies to stand up and show our support for our community together on one day. It is a chance to make history, we hope you’ll join us in making streets safer for LGBTQ individuals by donating here:

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Elizabeth’s Story: Proud to Be Myself

I was walking out of Starbucks and two college-age looking guys yelled “faggot” at me. I am a transgender woman and I have no problem with people noticing that I am a transgender woman. I am very offended when people call me things that I am not. I was so angry that I threw my coffee to the ground and just got in my car and left.

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USC Student’s “Cat Calling” Video

Check out “Cat Calling”, a powerful video created by students from the University of Southern California.

USC: Take Back the Night – “Cat Calling” from Hunter Elijah Bryce on Vimeo.

USC students created “Cat Calling” as part of a Take Back the Week initiative to raise awareness and to protest against sexual violence.
The “Cat Calling” video is a collection of interviews on student experiences of harassment or cat calling on the streets. Their objective is to explore the effects that cat-calling has and to advocate that this form of harassment is not flattering or empowering.

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Dear Men, Street Harassment Sucks pt. 2

Thanks to our friends at the Thee Kats Meoww for awesome breakdown!

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A Week In Our Shoes: Raise For Women Challenge

News from New York:

  • PRESS! Hollaback! got a generous shout out in journalist Josh Sterns’ blog “Talking to Strangers” and in the Globe and Mail’s piece on Lego’s sexist mini-figures. We were also featured in Vassar’s student newspaper, The Miscellany News and in YC Teen Magazine!
  • PUBLICATIONS! To launch our RaiseForWomen Challenge with the Huffington post and Half the Sky, Deputy Director Debjani wrote a awesome article for the Huffington Post! Read about why increasing criminalization is not the answer to street harassment.
  • ADVOCACY! Emily and Jae met with Councilmember Ferreras’s staff to plan out another safety audit! Stay tuned. Emily also met with staffers from Councilmember Wills office this week.
  • PARTNERS! Jae, Lindsey, and Emily had lunch with the Feminists Women’s Health Centers of California to discuss collaboration.

News from around the world:

Hollaback! Brussels welcomes a guest entry on their blog in post by Emilie Van Limbergen. If you can read Dutch, check it out! In human rights news, Hollaback! Brussels is standing in strong support of rape victims and the organization “Rise Against Rape.” They are asking everyone to join them. This August 31, 2013 is the trial of the rapist, Taufik Ahaddouch, the a man who raped five young girls after being REALEASED from the justice system after raping another seven. This case represents serious failure of the justice system as a whole and the trial must be well-attended with supporters of the victims and allies against rape.

Hollaback! Philly’s projects coordinator, Anna, wrote a kickass article in the Huffington Post s part of the RaiseforWomen Challenge. With an incredible sense of humor, Philly hollas back at the “Ask Papa” advice columnist of the Philadelphia City Paper. Finally, check out the POWERFUL video tour of Philly’s Anti-Street Harassment Chalk Walk featuring our hollas and allies:

Meet Us on the Sidewalk from Kara Lieff on Vimeo.

Hollaback! Melbourne announces the launch of their  new series The F Word, a bi-weekly discussion of feminism, what it means, and issues that face feminists and humanists in the world today. This is going to be awesome, stay tuned!

Hollaback! Gent posted an extended discussion regarding LGBTQ experiences of street harassment and explores possible solutions.

Hollaback! Chemnitz covers their launch party and zine release! Check out what the new site has been up to! Screen shot 2013-05-02 at 5.20.39 PM

Hollaback! Chandigarh was featured in Femina, a well known women’s magazine in India! The issue covers Rubina’s story and how Hollaback! Chandigarh got started. This week, the site posted an essential resource on their site this week titled, “Ten Things You Need to Know About the Sexual Harassment at Workplace Law,” breaking down important facts and clarifications on the anti-sexual harassment law put in place in India last year.

Hollaback! West Yorkshire is getting ready for their street harassment workshop, scheduled for June 1st! The site is also announcing that they are now accepting submissions their upcoming zine on street harassment! Stories, poems, drawings, and pictures are all welcome! Holla at the via with `zine submission’ in the header.

Hollaback! Baltimore presents….“4 Quotes from 4 Famous Male Allies.” Read these, they’re great!

Hollaback! Boston has released this week’s edition of Introducing!, an ongoing series where hollas interview Bostonians. This week, Boston hollas interviewed L, a friend of Hollaback! Boston who blogs anonymously at 5 Cities 6 Women. Next Thursday, May 9, Hollaback! Boston will be joining Fenway Health and IMPACT Boston next for a workshop on responding safely to street harassment how how to be an effective bystander. In honor of National Bike Month, hollas are calling for cyclists’ street harassment stories. Send them in!

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