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The report of our survey results is finally here! Check out the results below and stay tuned for a recap after today’s City Council hearing! If you can be there, it starts at 10 am in room 491!
Edit: Below the survey results is the compilation of written versions of the testimony delivered today!
HollabackPHILLY released another CNN iReport, this one about our Cosplay =/= CONsent efforts at national comic cons. The below video was pre-screened on October 19 at GeekGirlCon 2013, and now it’s officially available in Site Leader Rochelle Keyhan’s iReport:
The above video is part of HollabackPHILLY’s effort to work with national comic conventions on improving the scope and efficacy of their anti harassment policies and procedures. Sexual harassment at comic conventions has been documented online for the better part of a decade, but most mainstream convention circuits still do not have formal and thorough anti-harassment policies. In the above video, you can see cosplayers’ visceral reactions to our question about how they would feel about conventions adopting formal harassment policies: some loosening the tension in their shoulders, even smiling, at the thought of a convention setting that was set up to be an inclusive and safe space for all fans.
Preliminary data from the 357 people (above) who have filled out the survey so far indicate that 334 of them have experienced street harassment in our City in the past year.
City Council is hosting a public hearing on the problem of street harassment in Philadelphia. HollabackPHILLY is presenting evidence about the scope of the problem in Philadelphia, the type of behavior, and how that behavior impacts the mobility of women and LGBTQ Philadelphians. The goal is to collaborate with City Council on a city-wide, gender-based safety audit to determine what does and does not make Philadelphians feel safe, and what the City can do to improve the conditions for women and LGBTQ folks on Phliadelphia’s sidewalks and streets.
HollabackPHILLY will be presenting data from our survey, user submissions of street harassment, and live testimony of peoples’ experiences with street harassment in Philadelphia. If you are interested in testifying, or being on the list of people present, please email us at philly.ihollaback.org. If you haven’t yet completed our survey, please do so! If you haven’t shared the survey with your friends and acquaintances, please ask them to take the few minutes to contribute to lasting change in the experience of walking our City’s streets.
Our end goal for this public policy work is to conduct a gender-based safety audit of Philadelphia, to determine what factors contribute to making women and LGBTQ folks feeling unsafe, and what could be done to make them feel safer. Safety Audits are considered a “best practice” by the United Nations for considering gender-based safety in public and urban spaces.
We have been advised by the Huairou Commission, a United Nations affiliated NGO, and HollabackPHILLY Director, Rochelle Keyhan, spoke at their parallel meeting to the United Nations 57th Annual Commission on the Status of Women this past March 2013. For more information on Safety Audits visit the UN Habitat page on safety audits. We will be using the Jagori Handbook for the safety audit.
Have you been street harassed, or witnessed it? If you have, share your story today and help break the silence surrounding gender-based violence. Help us re-write reality so we can change it!
A strange man approached me in the parking lot at school, after greeting him and smiling – as I try to do with most individuals, out of courtesy. He then began asking me a series of questions: i.e. Was I a professor at the school? Attempting to make it clear that I had to get to class, he then commented on how “beautiful” I was, followed by the suggestion that “my husband must tell me that all of the time.” I left for my intended destination. Since when did a “Hi” become an invitation?
Having a smoke waiting for the bus and a large white man with an Italian flag shirt on came up and asked where I was from and if I was single. I said no, I’m French and engaged. He called me a whore and walked off.
We are gearing up to meet with local officials about planning a city wide safety audit to improve the condition and safety on our streets for women, LGB, and trans* Philadelphians! Gender-based safety audits are a United Nations best practice for assessing and responding to safety concerns in public spaces.
Please take three minutes to fill out this survey and help us make this audit happen!
This story was submitted after anonymous saw Diane’s post about the flasher last week outside El Bar. We’ll spare you the cross-posted picture, but if you want to check it out, click through to see Diane’s submission.
There is a man who has been flashing himself from his shorts in Old City for at least the last ten years. I have seen him more than once over the years. Once in Molly’s (that bar no longer exists) and then I had seen him try to come into where I work too, but not in years as people have gotten wise to him. Both times on 3rd Street (between Market and Chestnut Streets) actually INSIDE OF the bar. When I actually was flashed (at Molly’s) he wore the mesh shorts and pulls this same thing – angling himself directly at me and my two friends and then when we noticed and make grossed out noises he seemed pleased. The bartender then kicked him out. Since they had gotten wise to him he may have found new ground. He looks quite similar to the man in the photo [in Diane's story], nondescript mid 50s-early 60s white man, but it has been a while. He drank Bud from what I remember, but I haven’t seen him in a few.
some old dude sitting outside at the el bar had his junk out deliberately.
HollabackPHILLY Note: We blocked out the junk to try to lessen your trauma, because it was just too much. His penis and scrotum were both entirely hanging out of his shorts, precisely where you now see that little black box.
In case you missed the big announcement, we released the Fall Schedule for our Comic Book Tour (see below)! Meet us at the cons, or let us know if we left off your local con so we can try to add it to the tour! While we prepare for Baltimore and NY Comic Cons, HollabackBoston is taking our comic book, “Hollaback: Red, Yellow, Blue” to Boston’s con as they talk to people about the “cosplay =/= consent” movement to raise awareness about cosplayer harassment.
To get the tour started we want to link you to some ballbusting feminist heroines. Check out Buzzfeed’s “23 Times Lady Superheroes Were 1000% Done. This shit, they’re over it.” A couple of our favorites are posted below, but reading them all definitely got us in the spirit to kick some ass, superhero style!
Keep an eye out for our teams at the following comic conventions on the East (and one on the West) Coast throughout Summer and Fall 2013! We’ll have comics, swag, and information on our next steps! Share your stories with us to get some swag, and your stories will help the movement to create formal and comprehensive responses to cosplayer harassment, so conventions are safe and welcoming places for everyone.
Boston Comic Con: Meet our sister-site leaders of HollabackBOSTON as they bring the street harassment and cosplay =/= consent movement to Boston! Saturday, August 3, 2013.
Baltimore Comic Con: The HollabackPHILLY team will be outside the convention hall with the leader of our sister-site HollabackBMore talking to cosplayers, with swag and cameras in tow! Sunday, September 8, 2013.
Mice Expo. Meet our sister-site leaders of HollabackBOSTON as they bring the street harassment and cosplay =/= consent movement to Boston! Saturday, September 28, 2013.
Locust Moon Festival: We’ll be tabling at this local festival, with all our gear, swag, and exclusive goodies for attendees! You won’t want to miss it . Saturday, October 5, 2013.
Tentative: New York Comic Con: The HollabackPHILLY team will be outside the convention hall with the leader of our sister-site HollabackBMore talking to cosplayers, with swag and cameras in tow! Saturday, October 12, 2013.
GeekGirlCon (Seattle, Washington): Rochelle is presenting a panel on comics for social good, culture jamming, and a more inclusive geek culture. She’ll have comics in tow, and simple ways for you to get involved in changing the tide of harassment at cons. Saturday, October 20, 2013.
Welcome to HOLLA::Revolution! HOLLA::Revolution is the first ever international speakers series on ending street harassment. On July 25th, 2013, in New York City, Hollaback! will bring together leading thinkers and activists to give talks and performances on feminism, tech, and street harassment. It’s going to be an historic event, and we want to bring it to you LIVE!
Featured speakers include Jamia Wilson, Samhita Mukhopadhyay, Jennifer Pozner, Jimmie Briggs, Sasheer Zamata, our HollabackPHILLY site leader Rochelle Keyhan, other Hollaback Site Leaders, and more!!!! Check out a full list of speakers here.
Not in New York? No problem. The live-stream of HOLLA::Revolution will run right here in real-time from 2pm-6pm EDT on July 25th. So save this blog post and tune in Thursday afternoon!no comments