Month: February 2011

“It’s the equivalent of beating a dead dog”

I’m often verbally harassed at gas stations by customers who tell me I “look like a video girl” while wearing a work uniform of khakis and a baggy t-shirt. A gas station employee twice my age offered to pay for my gas as he was bagging trash. Homeless men frequently “holler” as well. During a … Continued

Harassers at every age

It was about 7 in the evening the other day, and I was in a rush to get home. I had run for the bus but missed it. I had been standing at the bus stop with several other people for about 15 minutes until two large men appeared. I could hear them half a … Continued

Jerks start learning sexism at younger ages

I’m fourteen and a freshman in high school. This incident happened in seventh grade. I’m a bit young for my grade, so I was eleven at the time, and every day I would walk home from school. It was just a few blocks, and school ended at 3:30, so at the end of the day, … Continued

Media Hubris Dodges Real Look at Sexual Violence

By VIOLET KITTAPPA Much of the media attention this week on the sexual assault committed against reporter Lara Logan in Cairo has been filled with two strains of hatred—misogyny and racism—and supported by ill-informed and undeserved measures of American superiority in gender equality. In place of meaningful examination of the crime has been flippant commentary … Continued

Catcaller form en espanol

Our leaders in Mexico City had this translated from the Riot, cause harassment knows no language boundaries.  Stay tuned for AtreveteDf Hollaback, coming this April!

Creep, spotted. Door, locked.

I was walking home after getting off the streetcar on a nice day in late spring/early summer. A middle aged man in a convertible drove past and honked his horn. A few minutes later, the same man drove up slowly alongside where I was walking and started talking to me “hey, you’re beautiful, you look … Continued

HOLLAwho? Meet El Paso

Meet Cassandra, the Story Collector fighting street harassment in El Paso, Texas. 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 … Continued

Catcaller form

One of our holla’ers found this on Female Gazing.  We’re thinking we’ll print a few and see what the harassers think.   I am sure harassers love paperwork.

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!