Month: May 2011

The Real Long Island Serial Killer: Laws on Prostitution

The recent discoveries of eight sets of human remains on Long Ocean Parkway in Long Island, as reported by Melissa Gira Grants in her article for The Guardian newspaper, are testament to the price that society is paying for ‘criminalizing prostitution and forcing sex workers into dangerous marginality.’ Grants brings to light that U.S laws … Continued

“Sluts are loud. We’re messy. We don’t behave.”

from Feministing Jaclyn Friedman gave a great speach at the Boston Slut Walk this week!  Here’s the video and the transcript: Well hello you beautiful sluts! Do you see what I did there? I called y’all sluts, and I don’t know the first thing about what any of you do with your private parts. (Well, … Continued

“Though we are young, we have a voice that deserves to be heard.”

BY LAURA RUOCCO If New Jersey superindendent of school Charles T. Epps Jr.’s recent comments are any indication, school aged girls can’t always currently rely on their school officials to have their back.  That’s why the work that Girls for Gender Equity is doing is so important.  Girls for Gender Equity is a Brooklyn-based grassroots … Continued

Sexist Heckling a Reality for Female Comedians

Author Jen Lavery By JEN LAVERY If I wouldn’t put up with it in the street, why should I put up with it on stage? For some female pedestrians, being publicly harassed by drunk or just-plain-sexist men is a relatively rare, if unwelcome occurrence; for female stand-up comedians, however, this is an eventuality that needs … Continued

Safe vs Sexy

BY LAURA RUOCCO Watch the full episode. See more Need To Know. Check out this awesome project!  I think it brings up a lot about the way street harassment and the threat of violence influences the way we live our lives. One of the subtle ways street harassment affects people is the way it becomes … Continued

Nicola’s Got Nerve | Issue 5

“Female Jogger Attacked” This is an all-too familiar headline in the news, with reports coming in from all over the nation about women who are just trying to get some exercise in (mostly) the warmer weather. As we start to shift more and more of our activities to the outdoors in the coming months, unfortunately, … Continued

We’ve got your back

BY EMILY MAY, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR   On Saturday morning, March 6th, 2011, an email went out over our listserve from Inti Maria, our site leader in Buenos Aires. It read, “”I’d like to see her to tell her I would break her asshole with my cock” This is what a JOURNALIST wrote about me today … Continued