Month: October 2011

HOLLAWho? Meet Chandigarh.

Meet Rubina, the eternal optimist fighting street harassment in Chandigarh, India.  Why do you HOLLA? Because any kind of harassment is not okay! What’s your craft? I’m a lawyer. HOLLAfact about your city: Chandigarh is one of the cleanest and most well-planned cities in India What was your first experience with street harassment? My first experience was when I … Continued

Becky’s Story: Not impressed

A few months ago, I was just walking down a street and minding my own business. When I heard shouts behind me, I turned around and saw a car driving past with about four men in it shouting comments like “Alright, Sexy”, and “I’d smash your back doors in”. I was fifteen at the time, … Continued

Anonymous’s Story: “I’m only 14”

So me and my sister were walking acrossed the street these 2 guys walked passed us and one said ‘Hey ladies’ we didn’t reply, he said ‘Then don’t say SHIT’ my sister said ‘Cause your ugly as fuck’ I’m only 14.

Claire S.’s Story: Assaulted outside a bar

On Sept. 12th, 2011 at roughly 11:30 PM I was walking to a bar on Congress St. I had dropped off two friends, then went with another to park. Walking to the bar after parking, I was approached by an unknown male, very obviously chemically impaired (glassy eyes,profuse sweating.) He was initially shouting about being … Continued

Gender Myth-Busting to End Gender Oppression!

BY REBECCA KATHERINE HIRSCH It appears to me that much of the cultural devaluation of the “feminine” comes from the long-held myth that there is an intrinsic difference between the genders. Growing up, an easy label to attach to myself was “tomboy” because I was “like a boy” in that I did not like dresses … Continued

Looking-at-people-you-find-attractive etiquette

BY REBECCA KATHERINE HIRSCH Know that jaunty feeling when you’re walking down the street and see a fine-looking individual? Don’t punch them in the face. Because that’s what it feels like to be piercingly stared to the ground, whistled at, lip-smacked, pinched and bullied. I’ve been doing some thinking about that common street harassment excuse … Continued

The world needs better role models. We pick Chaz.

BY SARA SUGAR Most of us have heard that Chere’s son, Chaz Bono, is transgender and recently underwent surgery. You might have also seen or heard that Bono is now a contestant on Dancing with the Stars! Well I say, good for him; but not everyone feels that way. Tranphobic psychiatrist Keith Ablow recently went … Continued