Year: 2011

Halloween with a Conscience: Honor Your Feminist Ancestors in Costume

BY NICOLA BRIGGS Each year, both men and women have three basic choices for Halloween. 1.) Go costume-less, maybe with a nod to the day by wearing all black, or wear a t-shirt that says “Costume”: “Halloween means nothing to me, and I’m sure-as-hell not going to make an ass out of myself….again.” 2.) Go all-out, … Continued

Anonymous’s Story: Epidemic

  I stumbled upon your website this evening, I can’t even begin to express how grateful I am for your efforts. I experience sexual harassment regularly as a young female which, combined with trauma from childhood molestation, often makes it difficult for me to cope with feelings of humiliation, frustration, and objectification. It had gotten … Continued

Margaret’s Story: Needs to stop

I’m only 15 and I look older than I am apparently I look about 20 because I am tall and mature for my age but I get beeped at all the time I hate it I get men shouting out there cars at me and whistling its not a compliment. I’ve also on 2 occasions … Continued

Devon’s Story: “I just didn’t know what else to do”

As I was walking to school around 9:30am yesterday morning (Thursday, October 28), I passed two men sitting in a car parked alongside the curb.(They looked to be in their 30’s.) As I passed them, they yelled “Hey!” from the parked car. I turned and looked behind me because I was startled, but realized I … Continued

Brave Keenan Santos Pays With his Life For Standing Up To Street Harassment

Reuben Fernandez, deceased Keenan Santos and Avinash Solanki BY VICTORIA FITZGERALD On Saturday night an innocent dinner of six friends in Mumbai, India, ended in the violent murder of a 24-year-old man and left another victim fighting for his life in Kokilaben hospital. How did this happen? Keenan Santos confronted a vile drunk that was … Continued

We Still Believe Anita Hill

BY VICTORIA FITZGERLD 20 years ago this month Anita Hill courageously thrust the issue of workplace sexual harassment into the American public consciousness when she spoke out about the inappropriate behavior of then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. To celebrate the profound impact made by Hill’s appearance at the all-white, all-male congressional hearing in 1991, The … Continued

Virginia Rometty Changes 100 Years of Male Dominated IBM

BY REBECCA KATHERINE HIRSCH In 100 years of IBM’s existence the company has never had a female CEO, until now, cue Virginia “Ginni” Rometty. As of January 2012 Rometty will step into the shoes of current CEO Sam Palmisano. The news comes hot on the heels of Meg Whitman’s appointment last month as CEO of … Continued

Demand Backpage.com Ends Child Trafficking Through Their Site!

BY SARA SUGAR Scroll to the bottom of The Village Voice’s homepage and you will find a bland, colorless gray box labeled backpage.com. The last sentence of the disclaimer preempting sections of the gray box listed under “Adult” reads: “I also agree to report suspected exploitation of minors and/or human trafficking to the appropriate authorities.” … Continued

Therese’s Story: Unwanted attention

While waiting for my fiancee to exit a retail establishment, I was standing on the sidewalk at this intersection somewhat a ways back from the street and close to the entrance of a residential building. It was nighttime and dark out, although the area seemed safe. A man approached to enter the building and told … Continued