In New Jersey They Just Can’t Help It!











Construction workers in New Jersey have a reason for cat calling-because you look sooo good they just can’t help themselves.  This sign, posted around renovations currently being made at New Jersey’s MarketFair Mall, states “We apologize for the whistling construction workers, but man you look good.”  Well we apologize for being disgusted but street harrassment never looks good.  If you agree here’s a petition you can sign asking the company to take it down.

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Hollaback Against Campus Harassment: The campaign starts today!

Campus harassment has probably existed since the advent of higher education, but today it is at epic proportions:  62% of women and 61% of men report being sexually harassed on college campuses [AAUW, 2005]. To learn more, click here.

Over the last seven years we have received hundreds of stories. Here is one of those stories, from a young college student named Jamie:

“My freshman year I was walking to the bus stop. As I walked by one of the dorms, a pickup truck with four guys inside pulled up next to me with its windows rolled down. The guy in the passenger seat yelled “my buddy here wants to take you out back and rape you!”

Jamie’s story is not unique, and unfortunatly, neither is the guy who harassed her.  Over 50% of college men admit to harassing their female counterparts [AAUW, 2005].  This isn’t just a few creepy guys — campus harassment is in the water, and it’s having an indelible impact on students. In the words of Jamie,

“When the truck was out of sight I realized what had just happened… I started shaking and crying and dialed my best friend right away.  Over a year later this still plays over and over in my head. I was dressed in baggy sweats but I’m sure that the moment they noticed my gender, they made me a victim.

Enough is enough: the time to put an end to campus harassment is long overdue. At Hollaback!, we’re taking a bold leap to bring the Hollaback! movement to ten college campuses over the next year.  We want to invite you to be a part of our work. Together, we can make harassment on campuses a thing of the past and make sure that future college students will not have to go through what Jamie did. 

Our goal of raising $25,000 before June 13th is underway. If you believe that college campuses should be places of learning, and that no one should have to be afraid to walk to their dorm, dining hall or library, join us. We can’t do this without you .

Whether you give a little a lot, your donation matters. With every donation made to this campaign, our generous Board of Directors will match it 1:1, so if you donate $25, it’s really $50. Also, with donations of $10 and above, you get awesome HOLLAswag! Please visit the campaign site to watch a short video and to donate.

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Volunteer this Sunday for the 4th Annual Safe Neighborhood Summit!

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two-Spirit, Trans and Gender Non Conforming People of Color (POC) community experiences acts of hate violence, including street harassment and physical attacks, on a regular basis in our respective neighborhoods. As such, the Safe OUTside the System (SOS) Collective of the Audre Lorde Project, believes the best place to begin work on putting an end to this violence, is at home.

The 4th Annual Safe Neighborhood Summit will focus on individual and community safety systems for LGBTSTGNC people of color, without relying on the police. Instead we will promote creative community-based alternatives to end violence through skill-based workshops and strategy sessions. This includes learning more about joining or creating your own local Safety Squad.

This is an important opportunity for the neighborhood to come together to create visibility of the violence that occurs against the members of the
LGBTSTGNC POC BedStuy community summit represents a critical step and opportunity for people to come together and brainstorm ways to ending hate violence. Find out how YOU can help be a part of ending homophobic and transphobic hate violence, register to help at Sunday’s event!

Sunday, April 22 from 2:00pm – 6:00pm at 375 Stuyvesant Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Contact Share Roman at [email protected] if you’re interested in volunteering!

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Hollaback on Bronxnet’s Open

Check out Kalema Boateng from Hollaback NYC on Bronxnet to see how you can help!


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Carey’s story: #rolemodelFAIL

The other day I was out jogging when I heard a man’s voice behind me calling out “Miss! Miss!” I stopped and turned around, thinking maybe I had dropped something. Instead I saw a man in his 20s standing on a stoop, holding a baby girl in his arms. She had pink bows in her hair and was wearing a cute little dress and diapers. She couldn’t have been more than two years old.

“What?” I asked the man, since he didn’t say anything immediately.

He smiled a Cheshire grin. “You’re looking good. Can I walk with you?”

Astonished and disgusted, I shook my head at him and at the 3 other men who sat nearby, watching all of this happen and saying nothing. I then quickly turned around and ran faster than before.

I wish that I had had more presence of mind in that moment. I would have pointed out to him what a bad example he was setting for the child in his arms.

Sadly, this was the SECOND time in the last month that I have been catcalled in West Harlem by a young man accompanying a child. A few weeks ago it was a man holding hands with a toddler who I assume was his son.

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Victoria’s story: Takes the cake.

Living in Harlem of course I’ve been disrespected my random men on the streets many times, but this one takes the cake! I’m 7 months pregnant, I enter a Dunkin donuts around 10 pm with some serious cravings and a man states me down in the most disgusting way. As I turn around to leave he starts following me and telling me I’m pretty and can he talk to me. He follows me for 3 blocks, now im getting worried because I’m getting closer to my building. I finally stop and scream “I’m pregnant!!” he smiles and says I know that. I simply to him “please stop following me, I’m not interested.” Thank god he did!

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Heather’s story: Greetings From Greenpoint!

I have been out of touch for a while but today I met a chap I thought you would like to share with your readers. I made his acquaintance on Manhattan Avenue this afternoon— and ended up learning more about his private life than I cared to know.

To predicate: I strike up/participate in a number of conversations while pounding north Brooklyn’s streets. Not only do I enjoy meeting my neighbors face to face, but this is a rather vital means of gather intelligence/content for my site. And today I learned some rather interesting (and highly personal) information from this fellow. Namely that he was planning on doing some pounding of his own.

After inquiring as to whether I was on drugs or in need of them (No thanks, I’m quite “off” as is.) my new friend confided the following:

You know what I am going to do when I get home? “Choke the chicken”. While thinking of you.

That’s when I took the attached photograph of this charmer. Follows is what he had to say about this turn of events:

So what are you going to do? Send it to the police and have me arrested?

To answer his question: I DID send it to the police. In fact, I sent it directly to our commanding officer so he can have it handy lest he/our Finest get(s) any (more) complaints about this horndog’s avocation of choice.

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Help us uncover the truth about violence in New York City’s subways: Volunteer researchers needed!

New Yorkers for Safe Transit (NYFST) is looking for volunteers to conduct a peoples’ survey of mass transit riders especially women, LGBTQ individuals, low income and people of color to uncover the real story. We are creating a core of volunteer researchers. Join them for an orientation meeting and training:

WEDNESDAY MARCH 28, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

At the NYFST office
26 Court Street
Suite 505
Brooklyn, NY 11242

RSVP to [email protected]

Hollaback! NYC along with RightRides and Girls for Gender Equity co-founded New Yorkers for Safe Transit in 2008.  The coalition is dedicated to eliminating harassment and assaults, particularly gender- or discrimination-based, on public transportation in New York City.

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DR’s story: Is street harassment a ‘cultural’ thing?

This isn’t a story about harrassment. Not exactly. But it is an important story to tell, nonetheless. I have a dear friend that I have known for over 10 years. She is beautiful and adorable and has a bit of extra weight on her. She decided a few years ago to put herself in situations to date latinos because they appreciated “all body types,” unlike many other cultures, such as caucasions, like us. I was and am supportive of my friend’s decisions, not because I think she needs to date latinos, but because she is happy.

That said, we recently had one of our biggest arguments that we have ever had. We were discussing catcalls or whistles from men. I noted my extreme distaste with this and complete lack of acceptibility on my part. She, however, completely defended this behavior from “certain cultures” because it is “meant” as compliments. This was code to say that it is and should be acceptable for Latino men to verbally provide “statements” to women, because they are “compliments.” In my attempts at rebuttal, I was, quite honestly, very emotional and not as effective as I’d like to have been.

I know that my friend is blinded by her insecurities and adoption of a foreign culture and love of a good man. But I am still angry with her for supporting this type of behavior from men.

At BEST catcalls may be complimentary, but still put women in a place of objectification. At worst, it is clearly sexual harrassment, and putting women in potentially dangerous situations. It is about power. And when a someone creates an environment where another person is uncomfortable, whether meant as a compliment or not, is unacceptable.

I would truly like to hear from Latinas. In my attempt to see my friend’s perspective, and explore the possibility that I have more to learn, I would like to know how hispanic women feel about this behavior. Do you feel this is a compliment? If so, do you feel any danger in these situations? Do you find that you avoid these environments? Are you offended, and if so, do you let them know?

Thank you for listening.

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