Category: Verbal

Christine’s Story: “These Are My Streets Too”

I recently moved to San Francisco for a summer internship. In the 10 days that I’ve been here, I’ve experienced catcalling and other forms of verbal street harassment (from strangers intentionally blocking my way as I’m walking and creepily saying “hello” to making ominously threatening comments about me) on 5 different occasions. That’s every other … Continued

HOLLA ON THE GO: “He Should Have Known Better”

I was walking down St. George’s Rd to ASDA near the train line. A maroon car drove past and the driver pressed his horn, leaned out of the window, and yelled, “Get your tits out sexy.” I was disgusted. I know it’s no excuse but if the guy had been young I’d have brushed it … Continued

Ella’s Story: “I’m Harassed Too Often”

I was recently sitting and waiting for the bus with no one else near me at midday, although the street was very busy. What appeared to be four young men, maybe late teens early twenties, sporting baseball caps, pulled up by the bus stop in their car and began yelling and laughing at me. I … Continued

HOLLA ON THE GO: Confronting a Harasser

I was walking at Northgate Mall to meet a friend for lunch. A guy stepped close to me and said, “Hey, be easy!” I stopped him and asked him to repeat himself. He did. I said, “Don’t approach women like that, you don’t know what’s going on in my life, don’t do that”. He apologized … Continued

Jessica’s Story: Pregnant and Objectified

I was 7 months pregnant and jogging to the corner store to get a snack. A man on the street said: “Damn girl, you in shape.” I ignored him and kept jogging. “You pregnant?” he asked. I responded, “Yup!” mainly because I thought that once he realized I was pregnant, he might leave me alone. … Continued