Four page discussion about the PhillyWeekly street harassment article over at lipstickalley.com

A lipstickalley.com user found and posted the Philadelphia Weekly article about HollabackPhilly and anti-street harassment activism, and it sparked a good discussion!

The comments generally agree street harassment is unacceptable – but many users aren’t sure “holla’ing” is the best or safest response. Other women comment that we can trust women to assess the situation and respond accordingly, but that remaining silent is not always the right reaction. Let us know what you think in the comments!

Remember that Hollaback is much more than responding at the very moment of harassment – if you aren’t comfortable taking a picture, then Hollaback without a picture, once you are in a place you feel comfortable. You can even wait to Hollaback until you’re home! The point here is to announce to the world that this behavior is unacceptable and you won’t stand for it so you choose to Hollaback – whether it’s to the harasser at the moment of harassment, through a photo and a story without ever speaking to the harasser, or even through a photo and story when you’re in the safe, comfortable confines of your own home. A narrative collection of this epidemic from diverse groups of women is the first step in showing that we are all affected by street harassment and that we’re no longer willing to let it slide.

One of my favorite comments:

I was walking into the grocery store once after work, with both my sons and these men who were old enough to know better, too old, started doing that hooting and hollering. I stopped, turned around and said, “excuse me, even if you have no respect for me, at least have some respect for my sons.” they went silent.
when we walked out they kept apologizing and offering to help me with the grocery bags.

I know we should pick our battles but ignoring them also makes them think it’s ok. I guess you have to ‘gauge’ the situation.
I have sons to help raise, I would hate for them to see me being passive as their mother has such words hurled at her.

Also, one user tries to blame a certain race for being primary perpetrators, and another user puts them in their place – reminding us all that this is an issue that spans across all cultural, racial, class, and educational lines, and is no way limited to any one set group of men. As our anti-discrimination policy states,

Replacing sexism with racism is not a proper holla back. Ditto to classism, homophobia, transphobia, and the usage of any other identity signifier. In our experience, street harassment comes from people in every facet of our cultures and every strata of society.

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