Month: September 2011

T-Mobile Withholds South Brooklyn Rapist’s Contact Information

Hollaback! launches online petition at change.org to demand action from telecommunications giant (Brooklyn, NY) – Hollaback!, an international movement dedicated to ending street harassment through mobile technology, today called on telecommunications giant T-Mobile to release vital information pertaining to a sexual assault case in New York City. An attack in Brooklyn in July, after which … Continued

Is laughter anti-street harassment medicine?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqtwsN5pzRA&feature=related   BY EMILY MAY   Comedian Alex Carabano points out how completely ridiculous holla’ing is in this little video.  And he’s right. If you could take street harassment out of it’s scary/lonely/isolating context it’s freaking ridiculous. Problem is – outside of comedy – you can’t take it out of that context.  It’s always gonna … Continued

Fiona’s Story: Your free hugs are gross, dude

My friend Arielle has never really been harassed before. We were walking, a group of four, around Union Square today, and we saw a man with a “Free Hugs” sign. One of my friends immediately ran up to him and hugged him with no assault involved. Arielle decided to get a hug, too. She hugged … Continued

Kate’s Story: “I didn’t ask to be assaulted”

I am not beautiful, that I know, but I also know I am no victim. I was walking home from getting dinner, a five minute maybe 100 yard walk and I was surrounded by four drunk guys. They started yelling things like “hideous bitch,””you’re so f*cking manly, people who look like you shouldn’t exist on … Continued

Interview: “The personal is political”

BY ANNIE BOGGS Second-wave feminist Carol Hanisch originated the phrase “the personal is political.” Hanisch enlightened me on the myth of bra burning and her hopes for the future of feminism, as well as other interesting tidbits. I was inspired and wanted to share with the Hollaback! community. Enjoy!                … Continued

Kristin’s Story: “Taken off-guard”

I was walking back to my apartment downtown after a grocery run when I passed a parked car. I was tired from the walk, carrying my heavy bags of groceries and just wanted to get home. But as I walked past the car, I heard a guy’s voice saying, “You’re hot.” He said something before … Continued

Hollaback!, Harassmap, and friends in MORE magazine!

BY EMILY MAY Check out the article, “Get Angry. Go Viral. Use Social Media for Change!” in this month’s more magazine! The article profiles our friends at Harassmap in Egypt, as well as our friend Deanna Zandt who wrote “Share This! How you will change with world with social networking” (if you haven’t read it … Continued

Anonymous’s Post: Not your fault

It was around 9:30 this friday and I was starving so I had my mom wait in the parking lot while I ran in to get some food by McDonalds.  As I was getting out a pack of guys started whistling at me and telling me “babe you look good”.  I actually sprinted to my … Continued

The “Justice” System

BY ALEX ALSTON A Manhattan judge recently dismissed the case against former director of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Khan, due to the District Attorney’s decision to drop the charges of sexual assault against him. The prosecution essentially stated that Nafissatou Diallo’s inconsistencies in her recollection of events damaged her credibility to the point where … Continued