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LJ’s Story: “Come on, bystanders!”

A guy with a leaf-blower was out in front of this building – it’s not a church, but it has a steeple. I was just going for a nice morning walk, and noticed that he was walking alongside of me for a little while, a few feet away. I looked over at him, and he … Continued

Amy’s Story: Shocked

I was walking my dog and my step-mother’s dog on the lawn. My dog was on a leash and I bent down to pet him. As a vehicle drove by, a male voice shouted “Bend over!” I was so shocked that this was happening in a residential neighborhood in Winthrop Maine that I wasn’t able … Continued

Anita Hill and Hope for Humanity

By REBECCA KATHERINE HIRSCH 20 years ago this month College Professor Anita Hill took to the witness stand at the confirmation hearings of Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. Despite being accused of “flat-out perjury,” Hill courageously revealed to the world that whilst working under Thomas’, the Supreme Court nominee had not only pressured her for … Continued

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

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