Category: The Movement

Join the movement! Street harassment campaign.

Check out this video from South Africa — bringing attention to street harassment, how it happens, and why it hurts.  They creators also point out the links between street harassment and a culture of media and advertising that regularly objectifies women and treats them like objects. A culture that makes objectifying women OK is the … Continued

Nicola’s Got Nerve | Issue 6

“I’m not your sweetheart.” The other day, I got into a livery cab, which I often do when I travel from Washington Heights to go downtown. I indulge in this guilty pleasure  especially when I’m going toward the East Side, which takes a monstrous amount of time to get to from the Heights. Typically, I … Continued

Holla for gays!

By TRACI BRODNAX I’m bisexual. What does this mean? I am physically, emotionally and mentally attracted to both sexes, male and female, as well as both genders, men and women (note: there is a difference between sex and gender, most people can’t differentiate between the two). Essentially, I’m queer-minded; I will not turn down any … Continued

Street Harassment + Me

BY NAOMI I’ve had this body my whole life. I don’t remember the first time I got honked at or holla’d at, but it may have been as early as middle school. Because as soon as I hit puberty, wham! I had curves. Not that I can even say that is the full reason. It … Continued

Why I Slutwalk(ed)

BY JULIE LALONDE, DIRECTOR OF HOLLABACK OTTAWA excerpt from Being the Change since 2007   Ottawa had its own SlutWalk and you better believe I was there. In fact, in the interest of full disclosure, I was asked to speak at it, too. But that’s where it ends, for the record. I’ve never organized a … Continued

Nicola’s Got Nerve | Issue 5

“Female Jogger Attacked ~ Fights Back!” I’m adding a Part Two to last week’s column, which was titled, “Female Jogger Attacked.” That was a discussion of the phenomenon of women not being safe in public spaces, while doing what they have to do to stay healthy. I know all of us have been there before … Continued

“Though we are young, we have a voice that deserves to be heard.”

BY LAURA RUOCCO If New Jersey superindendent of school Charles T. Epps Jr.’s recent comments are any indication, school aged girls can’t always currently rely on their school officials to have their back.  That’s why the work that Girls for Gender Equity is doing is so important.  Girls for Gender Equity is a Brooklyn-based grassroots … Continued

Sexist Heckling a Reality for Female Comedians

Author Jen Lavery By JEN LAVERY If I wouldn’t put up with it in the street, why should I put up with it on stage? For some female pedestrians, being publicly harassed by drunk or just-plain-sexist men is a relatively rare, if unwelcome occurrence; for female stand-up comedians, however, this is an eventuality that needs … Continued

Safe vs Sexy

BY LAURA RUOCCO Watch the full episode. See more Need To Know. Check out this awesome project!  I think it brings up a lot about the way street harassment and the threat of violence influences the way we live our lives. One of the subtle ways street harassment affects people is the way it becomes … Continued

Nicola’s Got Nerve | Issue 5

“Female Jogger Attacked” This is an all-too familiar headline in the news, with reports coming in from all over the nation about women who are just trying to get some exercise in (mostly) the warmer weather. As we start to shift more and more of our activities to the outdoors in the coming months, unfortunately, … Continued