Category: Article

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

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

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

Sexual Assault Caught On National TV

BY RAVEN NICOLE WILLIAMS Today I witnessed one of the worst and most blatant abuses of a woman’s human rights ever caught on live national television. During an episode of Discovery Channel’s “Lockdown” a male corrections officer is seen sexually assaulting a young woman in custody. The clearly distressed female is heard pleading “stop touching … Continued

Let’s Hollaback! to Cancer

BY SARA SUGAR Go ahead ask me. Ask me when my last breast or pelvic exam was and watch my face go blank. Now ask my partner the same thing and watch a similar expression appear on her face. We admit; we’re long overdue and it’s not ok. In a month that is colored pink … 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

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