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- Blank Noise Project, India
- Brian Martin: Publications on Sexual Harassment
- Bronx Salon
- The Dinah Project
- Feminist Campus
- Gender Across Borders
- Girls for Gender Equity
- Hawley Fogg-Davis: "A Black Feminist Critique of Same-Race Street Harassment"
- Incite! Women of Color Against Violence
- Laura Beth Nielsen: "License to Harass"
- Legal Momentum
- Men Can Stop Rape
- NYC Against Rape
- NYC Alliance Against Sexual Assault
- NYC Radical Cheerleaders
- NYC Safe Streets
- Planned Parenthood
- Sarah Noel Counseling
- Sexual Harassment Support
- Stop Street Harassment
- Street Harassment: A Feminist Guide to Action
- Students Active For Ending Rape (SAFER)
- The Street Harassment Project
- Tolerance.org Street Harassment Resources
- Teen Voices
- Women of Color Resource Center
- The Women's Mosaic
- War Zone
Tweet from the Street!
Hollaback on the go by tweeting your street harassment stories! Add #hbnyc to all posts and follow us @iHollaback:
Want HollaBack to come and speak at your school, dorm, or organization? Email Emily at email@example.com.
In The News
- Want a street harassment expert to tell you what it's really like on the streets? Email Emily May at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Articles by HollabackNYC co-founders
- Metro, "Crime Behind Closing Doors" By Emily May
- On the Issues Magazine, "Gender Harassment: From our revolution to yours." By Emily May
- New York Daily News, "MTA must crack down on epidemic of subway groping." By Emily May and Sam Carter
- Current TV (Our HOLLAfavorite!)
- Women's Media Center: "Emily May: A Woman Making History"
- NYC Tracks: Harassment May be on the Rise
- Global Sister: Meet the Org, HollabackNYC
- Volcano Radio's Feminist Wednesday: Emily May of HollabackNYC
- The Daily Femme: Interview with Emily May of HollabackNYC
- Katie Couric blogs about HollaBack!
- San Francisco Chronicle: "Creeps Beware"
- Bust magazine: "Make Love to the Camera!"
- LA Times: "NYC Fights Gropers, Flashers"
- NPR: "Website Takes Swipe At Creepy Catcallers"
- LA City Beat: "Hey Baby"
- The Boston Globe: "Hey Baby"
- BBC World Radio Interview
- ABC's Good Morning America: "Hey Macho Man, Say Cheese!"
- Fox News: "Hit on This!"
- The NY Post: "Out the Lout!"
- Boing Boing (Thanks Xeni!)
- Gothamist: "Dickwads Beware: HollaBack is Here!"
- @Issue: "NY Women Hit the Pavement against Street Harassment"
- Feministing: Subway gropers exposed
- New York Times: Undercover Police Charge 13 With Lewdness on Subways
- Gothamist: Undercover Cops Get Molested on Subway!
- Women's ENews: "Women Strike Back Online Against Street Harassment"
- Gotham Gazette: "The Fight Against Street Harassment"
- HealthStyles, WBAI: HollabackNYC Co-Founder Emily May discusses harassment and assault on the subway
- WPIX: "Butt-Slapper On The Loose In Brooklyn"
- AMNY: "Riders Worry As Stations Losing Agents also lack PA systems"
- HuffPo: "When Hollered At: Hollaback!"
- Metro: "Cop on Perv Trouble: We Don't Handle That"
- NBC: "Subway Flasher Arrested"
- Metro: "Subway Perv Hits a Nerve"
- BBN3: "Hands Off!"
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International press coverage!
- Canada: Dose
- England: The Guardian
- England: New Statesman
- Italy: la Repubblica
- Switzerland: Blick Online
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Friday, April 30, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Can't Touch [THAT]!
Monday, April 26, 2010
Why I Hollaback: Jerin's Story
This is the seventh video in the "Why I Hollaback" series. "Why I Hollaback" tells the story of how and why folks decide to take the leap, speak up, and start Holla'ing back. We will release a new story every Monday and accept submissions from all over the world. So tell us your story -- Why do you Hollaback?
Reposted Account of Life in NYC as a Woman: 'Powerless and Angry"
|One of the most frustrating things about living in a big city is the feeling that I can’t walk outside without being harassed on the street at least once a day. When I first started experiencing this I found it annoying, but as the years pass I become increasingly furious. Not a day goes by that I don’t experience one or more of the following: cat-calling, whistling, kissing noises, intensely seductive stares, or pointed glances up and down my body. Contrary to what many men think, this attention is not appreciated and not flattering, and I’m sure most women agree with me. This kind of attention is not like being given a complement …it’s not like being told, “you are beautiful.” It actually feels horrible; it makes me feel degraded and violated, but most of all, it makes me feel utterly powerless. I feel as if my body doesn’t belong to me, and this infuriates me more than anything I’ve ever experienced.|
I have tried a variety of things to deal with this situation: I’ve tried saying things like, “what are you looking at?”, I’ve tried using my worst glares, evil eyes, and disgusted faces, I’ve tried looking through men to make them feel invisible, and I’ve tried ignoring them and staring straight ahead. When I talk back to men in a nasty tone of voice, they either pretend that they weren’t cat calling me (as if I was making it up and I should be so lucky to get their attention), or they get equally mad back at me. Glaring, staring through them, and ignoring them doesn’t prevent the harassment either, and it doesn’t make me feel better. No matter what I do, I never feel in control of the situation. I feel imprisoned—I am overly self-conscious about what I wear, and I dread the hot days when I have no choice but to wear semi-revealing clothing.
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Sunday, April 25, 2010
Subway Etiquette meets Artistic BRILLIANCE
Thursday, April 22, 2010
This Pair of Legs and Ass Holla's Back!
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Coffee Before Catcall, please.
Monday, April 19, 2010
Hollaback PSA Launches on Kickstarter
|Watch our new, amazing, PSA and help push our project forward. HOLLA HERE!|
Why I Hollaback: Megan's Story
This is the sixth video in the "Why I Hollaback" series. "Why I Hollaback" tells the story of how and why folks decide to take the leap, speak up, and start Holla'ing back. We will release a new story every Monday and accept submissions from all over the world. So tell us your story -- Why do you Hollaback?
Friday, April 16, 2010
Find us on Facebook!
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Thursday, April 15, 2010
You're Ruining the Environment and my Morning
|While riding my bike at 6:40am on 4/14/10, I was passed by a gigantic silver SUV, license plate #*******. I heard kissy noises directed out the window at me from the passenger's seat. The SUV stopped at a light and I passed them again, and again, I heard kissing/teeth sucking noises at me. This was riding north on Franklin St. in Greenpoint, between Greenpoint Ave. & Green St.|
Submitted by Audrey
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Be a HOLLAintern!
|We are seeking two interns this summer (mid-May through August) to work 15-20 hours per week. This internship does not pay, but it is an incredible opportunity to spend your summer making earth-shaking change with an up and coming organization.|
Responsibilities will be split amongst the two interns depending on their interests and skills, but may include:
• Updating the website, including reviewing submissions and posting them to the website/map;
• Representing Hollaback at events;
• Following the news, writing media pitches, and drafting press releases;
• Setting up workshops and speaking engagements at local NYC colleges;
• Filming and/or helping film Hollaback PSAs;
• Researching, writing, and copy editing grant proposals;
• Coordinating Hollaback events, including street performances and fundraisers;
• Writing guest posts on the Hollaback blog; and
• Any other duties, as assigned by your supervisor.
• Must be detailed-oriented and self-motivated;
• Must live in NYC, be willing to work from home, and be able to meet in person once a week;
• Must be passionate about street harassment, willing to Hollaback, and willing to speak with others about this project; and
• Must have access to a computer and know how to use it.
This position will be supervised by Hollaback’s founder and executive director, Emily May. Please send your resume and cover letter (describing why you are passionate about ending street harassment) to email@example.com before May 15th.
Introducing Hollaback 2.0!
|Leveraging Mobile Technology to End Sexual Harassment|
Hollaback! is a movement dedicated to ending street harassment and assault using mobile technology.
Street harassment is one of the most pervasive forms of violence against women, and one of the least legislated against. Comments from "You’d look good on me" to groping, flashing or assault, are a daily, global reality for women and LGBTQ individuals. But, it’s rarely reported, it’s just culturally accepted as ‘the price you pay’. As a result, street harassment is invisible to policymakers and the public. This effective “OK’ing” of street harassment has deep impacts on all forms of gender based violence. If street harassment is OK, then groping is OK. If groping is OK, the beating is OK. If beating is OK, then rape is OK. And any sexual violence is simply not OK! We all have the right to feel safe, confident, and sexy, without being objectified.
By collecting women and LGBTQ folks’ stories and pictures in a safe and share-able way with our soon-to-launch mobile phone application, Hollaback! is creating a crowd-sourced initiative to end street harassment that breaks the silence that has perpetuated sexual violence internationally, pronounces that any gender-based violence is unacceptable, and creates a world where we have an option, and more importantly, a response. And the world is behind us - The UN’s #3 Millennium Development Goal: Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women.
WHAT? – Mobile and Social Innovation, “A Movement Brought on by an iPhone App”
The Hollaback! 2.0 platform transforms girls, women and LGBTQ individuals into open-source activists with the touch of a button. Participants can submit photos and experiences of harassment through three easy portals: a) the Hollaback! mobile app, b) a text form, and c) directly to the Hollaback! website, which will also be accessible to other smartphone users through their mobile browsers, and will link to our dynamic mapping system. We’ll track street harassment through data points to quantify and communicate its impact to legislators. The Hollaback! app creates a safe, action-oriented response to street harassment, and with powerful reporting features, it will finally put a face on everyday harassment and assault. By using data to establish the case against street harassment, Hollaback!’s social change efforts will ultimately result in significant improvements in policy and a reduction in crimes against girls, women and LGBTQ individuals.
WHY 2.0? - To make it easier to ‘Hollaback!’ and to prove we need social change.
From postings-to-impressions data collected on Hollaback since 2005, we know that each time a survivor shares their sexual harassment story on the site, the post is read by over 1,000 others. Hollaback! 2.0 combines the democratization of the cell phone with tech innovation including geo-mapping and the mobile app to create an entirely new way to mobilize social change. A 2009 Newsweek study showed that over 85% of Americans own cell phones, and worldwide the UN reports 6 in 10 people own a cell phone. The ability to influence the thinking of thousands of people from one shared experience is something that most social projects rarely accomplish.
WHERE? – It happens on your street, in your city, in our country, and everywhere else too.
Hollaback! is the first internationally-minded organization to address street harassment and assault and is the only known social project that will document it, creating a unified reporting system via geo-mapping that can be scaled globally. Because, there's no mistaking it, this is a global issue. It will pilot in NYC, then expand nationally and globally where there is already expressed interest in partnering with us on existing anti-harassment movements, including India, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt.
WHEN? – Summer 2010
Hollaback! 2.0 will Beta launch in NYC, then begin to expand to other cities in September 2010. We will grow to a minimum of three cities worldwide each year. In two years, we will track over 5,000 stories of harassment and assault that would otherwise be internalized and overlooked.
WHO? - The Hollaback! Leadership Team
Oraia Reid and Emily May are nationwide experts on public safety for girls, women and the LGBTQ community. Oraia is executive director and founder of RightRides for Women's Safety and Emily is co-founder of HollabackNYC.com. RightRides for Women’s Safety (www.rightrides.org) is an award-winning nonprofit whose flagship RightRides program offers free, late-night rides home to women and LGBTQ individuals in NYC and is currently expanding nationwide. HollabackNYC.com is a website with 8 chapters worldwide that is dedicated to ending street harassment by giving girls, women and the LGBTQ community the opportunity to submit stories and pictures of their street harassers to an online blog.
Oraia and Emily are frequent commentators in the media, appearing as sources over sixty times, including ABC, CNN, NBC, the New York Times, and authoring op-eds in national papers. Oraia has executive education certificates from Harvard and Columbia's Business Schools and is a Junior Fellow at the Nonprofit Leadership Development Institute. Emily has a MS in Social Policy from the London School of Economics, is a winner of the 2008 Stonewall Women's Award, is a Progressive Women's Voices Fellow, and is co-chair of the Board of Directors for Girls for Gender Equity. Oraia is a 2010 recipient of Women’s eNews 21 Leaders for the 21st Century. Emily was recently selected as one of thirty "women making history" by the Women's Media Center, along with Rachel Maddow and Nancy Pelosi.
FAQs? – Yes, we've heard em' all.
Question:Are we a bunch of crazed feminazis who hate men?
Answer: Actually, HollaBack is a collective comprised of men and women, in 8 chapters, from a variety of backgrounds who believe we all have a right to be safe, sexy, and confident on the street! The team is made up of professionals in Activism, Social Policy, Engineering, Design, Publishing, Marketing, Social Media, and Film.
Question: OK, but what exactly is street harassment?
Answer: While there is always the classic, "Hey baby, nice legs," we believe that what counts as harassment is determined by those who experience it, and can be any form of sexual harassment in public spaces. At its core is a power dynamic that plays on womens’ and LGBTQ folks’ vulnerability to assault.
Question: Isn’t street harassment the price you pay for living in a city?
Answer: No, local taxes are the price you pay for living in a city. We would love to see some portion of our local taxes go towards preventing street harassment, but alas, they don’t. In fact, it isn't confined to city life. It occurs in shopping malls, cars, parking lots, public parks, airplanes, fast-food restaurants, gas stations, churches, and just about any public space we go.
More Questions in Mind? See our FAQ page.
Ready to help make this happen? Contact Emily May at firstname.lastname@example.org.
c/o RightRides for Women’s Safety
26 Court St. Suite 505
Brooklyn, NY 11242
Monday, April 12, 2010
Why I Hollaback: Melissa's Story
This is the fifth video in the "Why I Hollaback" series. "Why I Hollaback" tells the story of how and why folks decide to take the leap, speak up, and start Holla'ing back. We will release a new story every Monday and accept submissions from all over the world. So tell us your story -- Why do you Hollaback?
Saturday, April 10, 2010
"Harassment on the Train May be on the Rise"
|here. Hollaback is working with RightRides and New Yorkers for Safe Transit to make the subways safer. Here's why:|
"Over the past year or so, we’ve seen a rise in transit-related stories and the stories have become increasingly more violent. Stories of groping and public masturbation are the norm, not the exception anymore,” said Emily May, Co-founder of Hollaback, as another indication of commuters’ distress through emails and pictures submitted to their blog. “Understaffed subway system makes it hard to report these crimes. By the time victims have found an MTA worker or police officer, their perpetrator is 7 stops away.”Our new mapping system is going to make it even easier for us to track harassment and assault. The crowd-sourced data we generate will be the first of its kind. Never before has the government or another nonprofit tried to track and map when and where street harassment happens. We believe this strategic intervention will be the catalyst that creates a world where women can feel safe, confident, and sexy when they walk down the street.
Wednesday, April 07, 2010
"Hot Pussy is No Way to Say Hello" campaign premieres in Union Square
"It is not my problem or my responsibility to prevent men from assaulting me"
Guest post by Violet Kittappa
Teamed up with fellow NYC activist and student, Sarah VanDenbergh, I had an awesome time representing HollabackNYC at the world premiere of the "Hot Pussy is No Way to Say Hello" campaign in Union Square on April 3.
After moving from a small town to NYC for graduate school at NYU, Sarah was quickly disgusted by the amount and degree of street harassment she received when she stepped out her front door. Appalled by the common misconception that street harassment is sometimes provoked or asked for by the woman and that the woman is responsible for preventing her own assault, Sarah's thesis puts the offending men and their bad behavior under the spotlight, in a reversal of roles.
"Most of the research, discourse, media, and news coverage around sexual harassment discusses it through an individual framework focusing on the victim. The solution that that framework leads to is the victim helping herself. There is very little to do with the male. It is not my problem or my responsibility to prevent men from assaulting me. It is a man's problem and a man's responsibility. It was therefore the goal of my project to change a "woman's problem" into a public prerogative."
Seven life-sized cardboard cutouts of male silhouettes were placed standing up in Union Square, each with a different sign on his chest: "I grope women on the train almost every day," "I masturbate on women on the L train," "I objectify women's bodies." Two black boxes were placed at the foot of two figures that played 108 looped recordings of lewd, derogatory, and offensive comments made to women taken directly from the Hollaback website. For this part, Sarah had several of her male friends record the phrases. They included such Hollaback classics as "Hey bitch! You want a stick or a dick?" and "Which one of you am I going to rape first?" and were played loudly for passersby to hear. We handed out postcards with the campaign motto that encourage women to take a photo of their harasser and submit it to Hollaback.
Responses were mixed; surprisingly, the overwhelming majority were positive. One girl, who appeared on the verge of tears, said "Your work here is pretty hard to swallow, but it's effective." Others weren't so supportive; one man said he liked what we were doing, but that the comments being projected from the recordings were "harsh". Our response? "YEAH, THEY ARE. That's why we're here."
For more information or to learn how you can hold this event in your neighborhood, please contact us.
How you can be a HOLLAhero!
|1. Be an Angel. Donate.|
We are seeking angel donors who are willing to make meaningful gifts. This donation will go directly to startup costs, which include the website, backend database, iPhone app, marketing materials, public relations, and strategic planning and development. As a significant leader in the Hollaback! movement, you will receive monthly donors-circle-only updates the executive director on how your donation is being used to create a world without street harassment.
2. Volunteer with Hollaback for Impact.
At Hollaback, we are looking for professionals who want a volunteer opportunity that optimizes their talents. Specifically, we are looking for volunteers with the following talents:
3. Board Membership.
Between now and September 2010, we are building our founding board. We’re looking for rockstars that are committed to Hollaback’s success. Expertise in technology, start-ups, marketing, legal, and/or event planning is a plus. To be considered, board members must be willing to leverage and engage their networks to advance Hollaback’s mission.
Want to help but don’t see the perfect opportunity for you listed? Contact Emily May at 646-823-3082 or email@example.com. I am happy to brainstorm with you on how we can best leverage your talents.
We're going to change this: until then, I'm standing tall in my shorts
|Today I was walking to the park about 10 blocks from my house. I had on shorts and a t-shirt and some flops...nothing fancy. I had a guy slow down in his car next to me and start honking and whistling at me. Sad part was he had his 2 young sons in the car. A few blocks later these two guys on a bike start saying damn nice legs. Unfortunately all 3 creepers were moving too quickly for me to get a decent photograph. As i continued on my walk I said to myself I'm never wearing shorts again...but the more I thought about it, why not. Its not me thats the problem its them. And although I may get harassed again wearing them I'm not changing myself for any creep. I really believe in Hollaback and the movement that it has started and believe that things will soon be changing. So I'm going to keep wearing my shorts and am going to stand tall.|
Submitted by Sarah
Tuesday, April 06, 2010
Fighting for the right to wear a (work-appropriate) dress, one stalker at a time
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Monday, April 05, 2010
Why I Hollaback: Salam's Story
This is the fourth video in the "Why I Hollaback" series. "Why I Hollaback" tells the story of how and why folks decide to take the leap, speak up, and start Holla'ing back. We will release a new story every Monday and accept submissions from all over the world. So tell us your story -- Why do you Hollaback?
Friday, April 02, 2010
Obama Includes Verbal Harassment in his Sexual Assault Month Speech!
|I couldn't have said it better myself. In his Presidential Proclamation for Sexual Assault Awareness month Obama says:|
"Every day, women, men, and children across America suffer the pain and trauma of sexual assault. From verbal harassment and intimidation to molestation and rape, this crime occurs far too frequently, goes unreported far too often, and leaves long-lasting physical and emotional scars... Survivors too often suffer in silence because they fear further injury, are unwilling to experience further humiliation, or lack faith in the criminal justice system. This feeling of isolation, often compounded with suicidal feelings, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder, only exacerbate victims' sense of hopelessness."
Kudos to Obama for highlighting the entire spectrum of sexual violence and including verbal harassment in the mix. Too often, people tell us that our work would be more powerful if we only focused on groping, public masturbation, and assault. But words hurt too. Especially if you hear them everyday, from every street corner. You're not crazy to think that these words can turn physically violent at any moment. But even when they don't, the emotional violence has already left its mark.
We have benefited from the women who came before us and made workplace harassment illegal and frowned upon. They did it by telling stories. Brave women came forward, and simply, but boldly, told their stories. Now it is our turn to do the same thing.
In honor of sexual assault awareness month, be bold, hollaback, and tell your story. Your story will build awareness. Your story will help others know they are not alone. Your story will squash the culture that makes sexual violence OK and open the doors for a world without sexual harassment or assault.
Your story will change the world. It is the only thing that ever has. Hollaback.
Thursday, April 01, 2010
Help the Research Happen!
|As you all know, street harassment is a seriously under-researched issue. As activists, this makes it hard to bring attention to this incredibly important issue. Help push the agenda forward by taking these two surveys:|
This one is investigating how women present themselves and whether that influences perceptions of street harassment.
This one is looking at whether or not body size is related to harassment.
Your voice is critical to this conversation, Hollaback and take a survey!