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Meet Shawna, from Hollaback BALTIMORE!

Here is the welcome speech that she gave at Hollaback Baltimore’s launch party! Hear Shawna talk about why street harassment matters to her, to Baltimore, and to the world. It’s pretty powerful stuff – it gave me chills!

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Another study from researcher Kimberly Fairchild!

This is all we are allowed to tell you about it before you take it, but it’s pretty safe to assume there is a reason we think it’s important:
In this study, you will watch a short, randomly selected video of an individual and make decisions and predictions about his/her behavior and emotions.  The survey should take approximately 20 minutes to complete and all responses are strictly anonymous.



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One of the beautiful emails we received this week…

We get inspiring emails from around the world, but this one stood out to us.  It’s from a mother in Birmingham, Alabama, who is looking to start a Hollaback in Birmingham this summer.  She writes:

“You are probably familiar with the iconic “southern belles” of movie lore.  While this is a stereotype, it is somewhat grounded in truth.  In Alabama, most women are taught that our strength lies within our ability to quietly endure whatever befalls us.  We are constantly told that we can neutralize the institutional violence against our persons by putting on a friendly face.  Not only does this create an unbearable cognitive dissonance (after all, we’re taught that human lives have value, but are asked to devalue our own), it is also a fallacy. Study after study has proven that this response can actually single us out as good victims to predators.  I want to inspire other women to stand up for themselves.  I want to create solidarity in my city, which has been so scarred by racism, classism, and sexism.  It’s time for the women of this community to come together and confront these old fallacies, which have been used to silence us for too long.”

As a fellow southerner, this one gave me chills.  This is a sign of good things to come from Birmingham.

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Old-skool Riot Grrrl flyer, Take II

Our copywriter Domenique found this while searching the internet for design-inspiration. LOVE.

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Hey, Google, throw us a bone!

If you’ve ever lived or studied abroad, you may have celebrated a holiday that we have yet to recognize widely here in the States: International Women’s Day.

In Italy, men give handfuls of flowers to the women in their lives each year on March 8.

Google changes its logo for everything, but Hollaback couldn’t help but notice no cool new logo last year for the holiday. Some internet research reveals that Google appeared to have added the female symbol to its logo back in 2005, but nothing has been done since. Apparently this is not the case for Google users abroad who report that the company has in fact been keeping up with the holiday.

What is your experience? Have you ever celebrated or been the recipient of gifts on International Women’s Day while abroad? How do people in other cultures celebrate this day, and can anyone explain Google’s reluctance to honor it?

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Last call for badass bloggers!

Armchair revolutionary and badass bloggers wanted!

Deadline to submit material for consideration is tomorrow, February 11 by 2:00pm EST.

Please email letter explaining your interest and qualifications as well as a blog post for publication to [email protected]. Bloggers will be selected for diversity of voice, clarity of writing, and overall badassness.

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Rape New York: A Series of Public Dialogues

After being raped at gunpoint in her Harlem apartment in 2001, Jana Leo resolved to fight back not only against the rapist but against the landlord whose greed and calculated recklessness set the stage for the break-in.  Encountering police disinterest, a health care system that refused to pay for a rape kit, and a beleaguered district attorney’s office, Leo sought justice for the violence of the attack, an experience that has resonated throughout her life.

The Feminist Press, along with Center for the Humanities at CUNY, RightRides, and Hollaback!, is sponsoring a series of dialogues to commemorate artist, philosopher, and architecture scholar Jana Leo’s forthcoming book Rape New York (Feminist Press, February 2011). Jana will be joined by writer and curator Gavin Browning, feminist writer and organizer Jennifer Baumgardner, architect and SUPERFRONT founder Mitch McEwen, and Michelle Anderson, Dean of CUNY Law School.

Join Hollaback! in Fort Greene on Monday, February 21 for the third discussion of the series.

Monday, February 21: Greenlight Bookstore, Fort Greene, Brooklyn, 7:30 pm
Violent Crime & the Urban Landscape with Mitch McEwen

Click here for a full calendar of events.

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Old-skool Riot Grrrl Flyer

Girl with pen + typewriter = revolution.  Here’s where we found this.

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Harassment: visualized

The words in this image show how i feel when being harassed.

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Wordplay: when “victims” become “accusers” you know the world’s in trouble deep

This is reposted from HollabackATLANTA.

Huffpo reports that:

“A Republican state legislator in Georgia doesn’t like the term rape “victim.” In fact, he has introduced a bill mandating that state criminal codes refer to these people as, simply, “accusers” — until there’s a conviction in the matter.”

Thankfully, there is some actual common sense in the Democrats’ rebuttal:

The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee writes, “To diminish a victim’s ordeal by branding him/her an accuser essentially questions whether the crime committed against the victim is a crime at all. Robbery, assault, and fraud are all real crimes with real victims, the Republican asserts with this bill.

Ironically, renaming from victim to accuser would probably be a more appropriate name for the way the system and our culture treats survivors of rape. According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), only 60% of all rapes are reported in the first place, and there’s been recent buzz about a surprising number of rape kits not being tested. So, with all of this working against rape victims, Representative Bobby Franklin wants to add another strike against justice for those who experience rape by implying that a crime never occurred — if one of the foundational rules of our country’s legal system is “Innocent until proven guilty,” then we need to apply this philosophy to our rape victims too.

Stay tuned for a way that you can take actions against this renaming!

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