Category: Article

On the Ostentatious Male Feminist

BY ALEX ALSTON I personally think the idea that only women can be feminists is a myth constructed by a male-dominated society.  Quite frankly, it has done much in the way of dividing men and women working toward gender equity, as it is often wielded by patriarchal ways of thinking.  However, one of my professors … Continued

T-Mobile Update

T-Mobile has responded to our petition and provided the requested phone numbers to the NYPD. However, T-Mobile slowed down a police investigation of a sexual assault, endangering more people. We continue to be in discussion with T-Mobile to get clarity on their policy.

T-Mobile Withholds South Brooklyn Rapist’s Contact Information

Hollaback! launches online petition at change.org to demand action from telecommunications giant (Brooklyn, NY) – Hollaback!, an international movement dedicated to ending street harassment through mobile technology, today called on telecommunications giant T-Mobile to release vital information pertaining to a sexual assault case in New York City. An attack in Brooklyn in July, after which … Continued

Is laughter anti-street harassment medicine?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqtwsN5pzRA&feature=related   BY EMILY MAY   Comedian Alex Carabano points out how completely ridiculous holla’ing is in this little video.  And he’s right. If you could take street harassment out of it’s scary/lonely/isolating context it’s freaking ridiculous. Problem is – outside of comedy – you can’t take it out of that context.  It’s always gonna … Continued

Interview: “The personal is political”

BY ANNIE BOGGS Second-wave feminist Carol Hanisch originated the phrase “the personal is political.” Hanisch enlightened me on the myth of bra burning and her hopes for the future of feminism, as well as other interesting tidbits. I was inspired and wanted to share with the Hollaback! community. Enjoy!                … Continued

Hollaback!, Harassmap, and friends in MORE magazine!

BY EMILY MAY Check out the article, “Get Angry. Go Viral. Use Social Media for Change!” in this month’s more magazine! The article profiles our friends at Harassmap in Egypt, as well as our friend Deanna Zandt who wrote “Share This! How you will change with world with social networking” (if you haven’t read it … Continued

The “Justice” System

BY ALEX ALSTON A Manhattan judge recently dismissed the case against former director of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Khan, due to the District Attorney’s decision to drop the charges of sexual assault against him. The prosecution essentially stated that Nafissatou Diallo’s inconsistencies in her recollection of events damaged her credibility to the point where … Continued

When your voice isn’t about you anymore

BY EMILY MAY In spring 2009 I was accepted into the Women’s Media Center’s Progressive Women’s Voices Program with nine of the most impressive women I’ve ever met. At the front of the room was Katy Orenstein, founder of the Op-ed project, a project designed to increase the amount of women writers on the editorial … Continued

Small Scale Feminism

BY ANNIE BOGGS It’s easy to feel hopeless about the world when we are constantly barraged with the media’s continuing fascination with Sarah Palin, sexist JCPenney shirts for girls (although it was promptly removed from their site), and other depressing news like zero job growth. It’s easy to feel that you can do, well, nothing. … Continued

Nicola’s Got Nerve

As the start of the new school year rapidly approaches, some girls are dreading having to go back. They have been subjected to severe sexual harassment by other students in the form of explicit comments, slanderous graffiti, and inappropriate touching. As a result of this unwanted attention, they are often ostracized by other girls, and … Continued