Year: 2011

HOLLAWho? Meet Des Moines.

  Meet Becca Lee, the collector of words fighting street harassment in Des Moines, IA. Why do you HOLLA? Because I can. It’s my right. What’s your signature Hollaback? Stop harassing women! What’s your craft? Ripping books to shreds–not literally, but somewhat. I’m finishing a master’s degree in literature. HOLLAfact about your city: Des Moines … Continued

The Right To Occupy Safely

BY THE HOLLABACK! FAMILY At Hollaback!, we believe that everyone has a right to feel safe and confident, without fear of harassing language or actions whether they’re walking home from work, going to school, or at a protest. Over the last weeks, the Occupy Wall Street movement has created a space where individuals can talk, … Continued

Andra’s Story: “Really?”

I crossed the street with the pedestrian light, but this pickup truck was rolling into the crosswalk so I waved as I walked by. He honked at me, so I turned around and he was flipping me off, I flipped him off, and he used his hand and tongue to gesture fellatio. I yelled “Really?”, … Continued

Cyber Bullying: Why It Happens and What You Can Do About It

BY NICOLA BRIGGS Twenty and thirty years ago, women of all ages had to contend with harassment in the forms of scary in-person attacks, hate (snail) mail, and maybe a breathy phone call or two. But while these remain the weapons of choice for mean, insecure kids and dangerous psychopaths alike, women today have to … Continued

Sabrina’s Story: “Stop wasting your time”

You don’t know me. You don’t know how my day has been going. You don’t know why I am at the bar with my friends, and you certainly have no business making judgements based on my facial expressions. You could have tried to not be an ass and actually struck up conversation, but if you … Continued

Fiona’s Story: Scary

I guess it was verbal as well as groping really but you can only choose one. I’m 16 and I consider it ‘normal’ to be whistled at or have things said to me on the street and although I sometimes get a bit nervous, it doesn’t usually bother me. this was different though. I was … Continued

Miia’s Story: Harassed outside the store

I had caught cold, but I still needed to go buy the vegan biker boots I had set aside in a shop. So I went downtown, bought them and decided to wear them right now. I walked to the city center, I was a bit thirsty and had some extra change so I went to … Continued

Taking Back Halloween!

BY ANNIE BOGGS What’s not to love about Halloween? Decorations, candy, fun, games, laughter and of course sexist and demeaning costumes. Hold up! Hollaback moment! Why is it that every Halloween I am spoilt for choice between a sexy Indian, sexy cowgirl, sexy police officer, sexy nurse, need I continue? Putting the word “sexy” in … Continued

Miss Representation: A Movie I Can Get Behind

BY REBECCA KATHERINE HIRSCH A documentary on the dangers of relegating women to a very limited conception of “sexiness,” this movie aims to encourage women to aspire to power, and to their own sense of sexuality, as well as, reaching their intellectual and emotional capabilities! And it looks awesome! The music! The spunk! But as … Continued