Month: December 2010

On Victim Blaming

Written by Liz Dolfi, one of Hollaback!’s freelance badasses (or, as some people call them, volunteers) Many kinds of gender-based violence are still are part of our culture.  While tremendous progress has been made in women’s rights in the last century and many forms of violence against women are illegal, rape, domestic violence, and discrimination … Continued

Where are all the real men?

This did not happen to me but to a young Asian woman riding on the MUNI during rush hour this evening. We got on the N Judah MUNI line at around 7:00PM. The woman sat in front of me. The harasser sat across from the woman. He started to verbally harass her immediately and another … Continued

Tony Porter: Get out of your man box

I’m a sucker for a good TEDtalk, but this one from TEDwomen takes the cake.  Thanks to Erik Kondo who writes the Street Harassment Disruption blog for passing it along.

A smile does NOT invite harassment

This happened when I was 16 and in Montreal for the Just for Laughs Festival. It was crowded on the streets, more crowded than any concert I’ve ever been to. We all seemed to be migrating to the same place. I thought it was sort of funny and some older guy behind me was laughing … Continued

Grope me on the bus and be prepared for a response

About 10 years ago, my sister and I were traveling to Dubrovnik on a bus from Split. She was sitting in the back row with another traveling companion, while I chose to sit a few rows up to take advantage of 2 empty seats so I could stretch out and cat nap. I awoke to … Continued

Why Hollaback?

written by Liz Dolfi, one of Hollaback!’s many freelance badasses (or as other people call them, volunteers) One of the most common points made about Hollaback! by critics is that it “doesn’t do anything.” “Ok well, so you took a picture of this guy and maybe if you are one in a thousand victims this … Continued

Next time, you’re toast.

I have two to share. First is molestation, second is verbal, but I’m filing this under verbal. When I was 14, I was molested by (all I remember is) a very tall man who brushed against my groin while I was in the aisle of a gift shop. I was naive and thought maybe he … Continued

What makes you so special?

I was out with my friends at this pub in my hometown. We decided to go out to the courtyard out the back, so we made towards a couple of benches. As we were walking past, a man grabbed me by my wrist and tried to kiss me. I pushed his face away, shocked and … Continued