Meet Lauren Alston, the Rocker fighting street harassment in Alberta, Canada.
Why do you HOLLA? I HOLLA because I am more than just body parts, because I’m not on this planet to please someone’s eyes, and so that street harassment doesn’t become accepted as part of what we get for walking down the street.
What’s your signature Hollaback? Probably more of a disgusted facial expression. What I say depends on the situation, but I like: “It’s sad how you guys still haven’t figured out that it doesn’t work!”
What’s your craft? Finishing my Science degree Specializing in Psychology at the University of Alberta. My goal is to pursue a career in Neuropsychology.
HOLLAfact about your city: Edmonton, the capital city of Alberta, is Canada´s Festival City, hosting over 30 festivals every year!
What was your first experience with street harassment? Getting called “hey sexy” by some random man when I was about 12 or 13. At the time I was uncomfortable. It’s disgusting how I was even viewed as a sexual object since I was still a kid.
Define your style: It honestly depends on my mood. There usually is a little rocker thread somewhere I guess 🙂
What do you collect? Music, textbooks, beanie babies (woo TY originals!), wish I had more graphic novels…
Say you’re Queen for the day. What would you do to end street harassment? That’s a good question. It is tough because I think the biggest issue with street harassment is that it is ingrained in our society. It is something so ubiquitous that it has become accepted and often unattended to. It is a slow process when attempting to change the culture of a society so I´m not sure what I would do in only one day…
If you could leave the world one piece of advice, what would it be? Anything worth anything is hard work.
In the year 2020, street harassment … is a widely discussed issue and has been addressed by the government!
What’s your signature Hollaback? I flare my nostrils, while staring creeps down. Sometimes, it involves my middle finger. You know, it just depends on what kind of mood I’m in.
What’s your craft? Letting sexists/racists/homophobes know what the fuck is up.
My superheroine power is … I can start a revolution in a miniskirt.
Why do you HOLLA? I HOLLA because everyone has the right to feel comfortable in their own skin.
Define your style: Valley Grrrl Intelligentsia.
What was your first experience with street harassment? Street harassment is so common – my first experience was probably when I was in grade school walking to school. Unfortunately woman and LGBTQ’s have had more than one experience with this issue. BUT! Soon enough, we’ll all be talking about our last.
HOLLAfact about your city: El Paso was named one of the safest cities in the United States, alongside one of the most dangerous cities in the world.
If you could leave the world one piece of advice, what would it be? Challenge the oppressive system!
In the year 2020, street harassment … will be uncommon.
Say you’re Queen for the day, what would you do to end street harassment? Uhm.. what’s the best way to get rid of sexless toads?
What inspires you? Badass feminists who like to smash patriarchy, along with all the millions of other passionate activists fighting for a better world.
Meet Inti Maria, the Badass Painter fighting street harassment in Buenos Aires.
What’s your signature Hollaback? A second and a half side eye. Makes ’em quiver.
Why do you HOLLA? Because everyone has a right to enjoy city life to the fullest!
What’s your craft? : I’m interested in art that finds it’s niche outside of the art-market – like mail art, street art and art made with the intention of being reproduced anywhere, downloaded or passed around. I am a painter and an art theorist too! I’m into critical theory and philosophy especially how economic and political systems drive and/or manipulate art production and structures that exist and survive outside of that.
HOLLAfact about your Buenos Aires: There are tons of cool queer and feminist stencils around.
What was your first experience with street harassment? I was only 12! My family and I were on holiday in Mar del Plata and took my younger brother to play Street Fighter in an arcade while my mum did some shopping. I was alone playing tetris, sitting on a tall stool. This short man came and stood beside me. It took me ages to realize that the hard thing pressing into my hip wasn’t the stool. He was grinning at me. I ran away and pushed the stool over towards him. I tried to tell my brother but he didn’t really understand, so I went to our hotel and locked myself in the bathroom for a few hours and cried. It was a truly horrific experience!
Say you’re Queen for the day, what would you do to end street harassment? Make a machine that made one feel what it is like to experience street harassment. Make it compulsory for street harassers. Extend it to other forms of gender violence.
My superheroine power is … My badass strut!
Define your style: I like baggy/big teamed with skinny and simple shoes. I love signature jewelry. I’m all about fabrics.
What do you collect? Small handmade ceramic cups and teapots.
If you could leave the world one piece of advice, what would it be? Live your life your own way.
In the year 2020, street harassment … will be something people can talk about and feel comfortable discussing in public as an offense.
Tell us more! I identify as queer. I (mostly) like gurls. Peace 🙂
What inspires you? People who fight the good fight and those that support them.
If anyone needs help with translations, Inti Maria has experience in translation, especially from Spanish and Portuguese into English.
Meet Bryony Beynon, the Vegan Cyclist fighting street harassment in London, UK.
What’s your signature Hollaback? ‘YEAH GOOD ONE MATE.’
What was your first experience with street harassment? I’ve been shouted at in the street since I was fourteen years old for one reason or another, maybe pink hair means fair game.
HOLLAfact about your city: London has 900 book shops, more than double NYC!
My superheroine power is … Superhuman eating abilities
Why do you HOLLA? Because there’s nothing more empowering than being prepared.
Define your style: Low-rent ’70s new waver
Say you’re Queen for the day, what would you do to end street harassment? Dissolve our ridiculous coalition government and secretly start a revolution led by a riotous and excellently dressed girl-gang of all ages (as the Queen, I’d recognize my wrinkly privilege as an instrument of classist state oppression, obvs I’d sacrifice myself on some kind of massive molotov-cocktail shot from the top of Buckingham Palace).
What do you collect? Records!
If you could leave the world one piece of advice, what would it be? Look after vulnerable people.
In the year 2020, street harassment … will only be allowed if continue to we let it.
What inspires you? DOERS.
What else? I can stamp out most annoying WordPress bugs and make a pretty sweet looking site so I’d be happy to help anyone out with that! As part of HollabackLDN we published a hi-spec two colour zine around the themes of modern feminism and gender equality called LANGDON OLGAR. You can buy it on the site, please do! It’s honestly awesome.
What’s your signature Hollaback? The finger.
What was your first experience with street harassment? I can’t even recall, I was that young. I started playing live music at 14, so I was “in the big city” a lot more than other kids my age. Luckily I was usually around pretty progressive rock n rollers, but that didn’t keep the random jerk from saying something dirty to a minor.
What’s your craft? I fix guitars at Big Crunch Amp & Guitar Repair
Why do you HOLLA? Because I have a voice that deserves to be heard, too.
Define your style: Open-book, lots of black and silver, impatiently waiting for the world to change.
In the year 2020, street harassment … will be used to getting harassed back.
Say you’re Queen for the day, what would you do to end street harassment? I’d wear an invisible cloak. Only then would I KNOW I could wear whatever I want and go wherever I want without someone else’s creepy thoughts interrupting my day.
What inspires you? My single mother. And the original HollaBackers out there for creating something I didn’t even know I needed.
Anything else? I like tolerance, volcanoes and my cat. I dislike ignorance, pop music and football.
What’s your craft? Women’s Studies, professional student, and barista
HOLLAfact about your city: Atlanta wasn’t always the state capital, it used to be Milledgeville. Also, the World Barista Championship was held in Atlanta in April of 2010!
My superheroine power is … I like to call myself Feminista Barista! I fight sexist oppression while simultaneously pulling a tasty shot of espresso-all with my mind!
Say you’re Queen for the day. What would you do to end street harassment? As queen for a day, do I get to use my superpower? If so, I would erase everyone’s memories of patriarchal ideology (and other oppressive belief systems for that matter) perpetuating acts of misogynistic violence!
Why do you HOLLA?: Because it’s an effective, non-violent, and powerful way to combat street harassment! As well as providing an opportunity to connect with my community (and others across the globe)!
Define your style: I like vintage stuff-currently donning my 50’s style cat-eye frames. I love tattoos and plan on adding to my collection soon-my favorite tatt is currently an aviator pin-up girl I had completed over the summer! I have an asymmetrical haircut. And….high waisted pants and thrift store sweaters are currently my jam. 🙂
What do you collect? Tattoos, unique coffee brewing devices, and feminist reading materials
If you could leave the world one piece of advice, what would it be? Don’t remain complacent with the current state of things. We do not live in a post-feminist society and it is imperative that we work together against oppressive ideologies and institutions-including taking responsibility for our personal internalization of racist, classist, sexist, ableist, and homophobic belief systems.
In the year 2020, street harassment … will be non-existent!
Random: I think I would have enjoyed being a twenty-something in the 20s, late 70s, and early 90s. I am obsessed with female vocalists-Kate Bush is currently my favorite! I was the 2nd place Southeast regional barista champion in 2009!
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