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I’m 70 years old and I still get harassing comments and looks. But I’m writing to you because I love the idea of Hollaback! I am a second wave feminist (with a listing in Barbara Love’s book “Feminists who Changed America, 1963-1975″) and around 1970-71 I organized the “Offensive Defense Unit” to fight against street harassment in New Haven CT. On one street the particular offenders were a barber shop and a fire station. We went in to confront the barber shop and the response was ridicule–nothing changed (and we think it was a mafia establishment) but we went to talk to the firemen and they were actually responsive in a good way. Ultimately we ended up also demonstrating in front of Mory’s, the Yale Club that was men only at that time–Yale didn’t accept women students until 1969. That was nearly 45 years ago. It’s shocking that nothing has changed in 45 years. Thanks for taking this on–its inspiring.
I am utterly fed up with street harassment in every way. I’m sick of both experiencing it firsthand, and seeing it happen EVERY DAY to other women (and young girls). It’s especially frustrating on my walk to work, to earn money that is heavily taxed for a government that is not doing enough to combat it. Hollaback! is absolutely brilliant- I look forward to the future!
I’m 54. Every time I’ve left home since the summer before I turned 12, that’s 42 years, every time I’ve ventured outside left I’ve been verbally harassed.
You’d think it would go away? Nope.
In my 20s I got more flak when in a suit than in spandex.
These days no suits, but the unwanted attention never flags.
I don’t often confront the jerks, but sometimes I’ll stop and call them potty mouths or ask if their mothers know what they’re up to, or just tell them to drop dead.
What: The rally against street harassment is part of international anti-street harassment week (March 30-April 5). The event will be hosted by La Roka and will include 20 speakers, mini-workshops on self-defense, wheat-pasting, bystander intervention, and a chalk walk. We’ll also being unveiling a new public art project: a 12 foot tall “cat against catcalls,” that will be placed in high density harassment areas following the rally.
Who: The event is co-hosted by 44 organizations including Hollaback!, an international movement working to end street harassment (www.ihollaback.org), Arab American Association of New York, BABE, Betty’s Daughter Arts Collaborative, bklyn boihood, Bronx AIDS Services (DBA-BOOM!) Health, Center Against Domestic Violence Center for Anti-Violence Education, Community Driven Solutions, CONNECT, Don’t Harass Me, Bro, Feminist Dialogue, GEMS, Girl Be Heard, Let Your Voice Be Heard! Radio, Mount Sinai SAVI Program, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, Price of Silence, Sakhi, Sayfty, Soapbox, Inc: Speakers Who Speak Out, Sydnie L. Mosley Dances, The Feminist Society at NYU, Trans Women of Color Collective of Greater NY, Violence Intervention program, Women In Media & News, Young Feminists & Allies, Virtual NOW Chapter, YWCA of Brooklyn, STEPS to End Family Violence, New York City Anti-Violence Project, NYAWC, Brooklyn-Queens NOW, Gotham Girls Roller Derby, Safe Horizon, Councilmember Lander, Councilmember Palma, Girls for Gender Equity, Move the Fuck Over Bro, NOW-NYC, NYC Alliance Against Sexual Assault, Stop Street Harassment, Stop Telling Women to Smile, Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls, Women’s Institute for Freedom of the Press, The Applied Theatre Collective, and Councilmember Levin.
Where: New York City, Washington Square Park, Garibaldi Square (east of the fountain).
When: April 5th, 2014, from 1-2pm. Speakers (1-2pm), mini-workshops (2-2:30), and chalk walk (2:30-3).
Live tweet the event: #endSHnyc
We can’t wait to see you there! RVSP on Facebook for updates!
Happened this morning (1/7/14) on the 7 local train in NYC. This man got on from 46th St station and immediately stood right in front of me. At first, I didn’t seem to care, but this man kept looking down at me and was winking at me and trying to say something. I had my headphones on and was hardly listening so I kept playing with my phone. I looked up every 5 minutes and you can see this creep staring right at me, as proven by the photo. He was trying to wave his hat at me to get my attention.
Twice within one week on the corner of Flatbush avenue and Parkside avenue, there r men that try to grab your hand when u walk by and curse at you when u tell them not to touch you.
I was walking home from the pharmacy on 2nd Avenue when a group of men (with a child, how shameful) started screaming “Cheee nah” at me. When I didn’t respond they made racist remarks and kept doing so until I was out of earshot. Did not feel safe. Followed for a bit.
Catcalled almost every morning on St. Marks between 1st and A by various construction workers or people just sitting on the stoops.
Hollaback!’s 8th Birthday Party is coming up and we want to celebrate with you!
Join us and Girls Pint Out at the Brooklyn Brewery on October 21st at 7:30 for an unforgettable birthday celebration!
Girls Pint Out is a beer appreciation group for women in an industry that underindexes women [some estimates say women represent ~37% of craft drinkers and ~29% of craft volume]. They strive to hold monthly educational and social events for and by women interested in craft beer, often with a non profit beneficiary.
Girls Pint Out has got your back, and together with Hollaback!, they are throwing an amazing birthday party and inaugural beer tasting event. The party will feature women (and their beers) in craft around The City, including ladies from Sixpoint Brewery, KelSo Beer, 508 GastroBrewery, and Long Island newcomer Moutstache Brewing Co. Brooklyn’s own Mary Wiles, QC director and 30-year industry veteran, will be pouring for the brewery.
There will be beer tasting, celebration, and birthday cake – what more could you ask for?
Tickets are $35 and proceeds will go to Hollaback!. We hope you’ll join us for an excellent 8th birthday party! Pick you your tickets here!
On October 19th, 2013, hundreds are taking to Brooklyn stoops for Suzanne Lacy’s first public art event in New York, “Between the Door and the Street“. Lacy’s participatory artwork will bring together New York based feminists and activists to participate in live, unscripted dialogues on Brooklyn’s most iconic architectural feature – the stoop.
The public art project will feature folks from a cross-section of ages, backgrounds, and perspectives engaging in conversations around gender politics and feminism. Suzanne Lacy invites you to wander among the groups, talk with the organizations, and form your own opinions.
Hollaback! will be one of the groups represented and we’ll be talking about street harassment, bystander awareness, and movement building. Come on by and chat with us.
Suzanne Lacy will be giving a talk about “Between the Door and the Street” at 2pm on October 12th at the Brooklyn Museum. The event will take place on October 19th in Park Place, Brooklyn (Between Underhill and Vanderbilt Avenues).
If you want to join in, check out our Facebook Event Page for more information!
You can find out more about the event and Suzanne Lacy’s work on the Creative Time website.