Year: 2011

Playing Word Games- “Eve Teasing” in Bangladesh

BY OLINDA HASSAN “Eve teasing”, or sexual harassment is problematic in Bangladesh, especially when we want to talk openly about the aggression South Asian women face day to day on the streets. The phrase has a biblical link- it refers to Eve, the tempting, beautiful woman who inevitably attracts attention from men. So, while “eve … Continued

Meet Some Trailblazing Transgender Individuals

BY VICTORIA TRAVERS Yesterday, on the 13th International Transgender Day of Remembrance, we spared a quiet moment to not only mourn the loss of murdered transgender individuals but to raise awareness of the daily dangers and struggles faced by transgender people all over the world. This annual event began 13 years ago following the brutal … Continued

Transgender NOT Transgendered!

BY VICTORIA TRAVERS According to the GLAAD website at least one transgender person is murdered and several more assaulted every month, with 55% of transgender youth having reported being physically attacked. It is also even more saddening to learn that over 50% of transgender and gender non-conforming individuals have attempted suicide. So HollaPeople, in light … Continued

Smile, You’re On Camera: Now Let’s Arrest You!

BY VICTORIA TRAVERS Have a good look at this dumb-ass, waste of skin caught on CCTV having groped a woman as she was boarding the M train at Broadway-Lafayette on the morning of November 10. The perpetrator is said to be a 35-year-old man with a large build, carrying an iPad and wearing a backpack. … Continued

Occupy Denver Signs Hollaback! Right to Occupy Safely

Occupy Denver has now joined numerous other organizations standing in unity with Hollaback! and those working on the ground at Occupy to allow everyone to feel safe and confident in occupied spaces. The news comes following numerous complaints across the U.S about harassment at the Occupy movements. In Occupy Denver alone there have been reports … Continued

Elizabeth’s Story: “Not appropriate”

I was stopped by a fundraiser for Planned Parenthood, of all things, and he told me that he had watched me walk up the street and then walk out of Target and that I was beautiful. I said thank you, but I’m not interested. I know he meant well, but that kind of approach is … Continued

Transgender Protection Bill Passed in Massachusetts

BY VICTORIA TRAVERS Hollallujah for a new bill that will protect Massachusetts Transgender people from prejudice and hate crimes! The state Senate followed the House on Wednesday morning in passing a transgender civil rights bill. Governor Deval Patrick is set to sign the bill, but when exactly is not yet certain. This would make Massachusetts … Continued

Join in the Gender Violence Conversation On December 5th in New York City!

On December 5th our very own Hollaback! Executive Director, Emily May will join the Chair of the National Organization for Women Young Feminist Task Force, Jerin Afria; Coordinator of Community Violence Prevention at the Center for Anti-Violence Education, Susan Moesker; and New York City Council member Manhattan District 5, Jessica Lappin, to discuss and advise on … Continued

Keenan and Reuben Could Be You: Wake Up and Sign the Petition

MUMBAI: On October 20th, a group of friends went out to have dinner and watch a cricket match. After dinner, a drunk man harassed a few of the girls in the group. Defending the girls, Keenan and Reuben reprimanded him. Jitendra Rana returned with a large group of his friends and stabbed Keenan Santos and … Continued

Patience’s Story: Disgusting

It wasn’t recent, but it took years before I realized that I’d been sexually harassed. I was attending Bates Technical College at the time and I was waiting to be picked up from school when some guy came walking down the street and started hitting on me. I was only sixteen at the time, and … Continued