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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.
Today, I wore a dress I bought recently that’s close-cut and a bit short, but very comfortable for warm weather. I was getting gas and was about halfway done when a guy called out – presumably to me, since I was the only person in the station. I immediately braced for something weird – and he said “Just so you know, that’s the coolest dress I’ve ever seen.”
I wanted to shake his hand and say “Good job. You know how to give an appropriate compliment.”
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.
Riding my bike towards Fishtown on Susquehanna, a man on his own bike rolled up next to me-so close I couldn’t make a get away. He stalked me down the street, making rude comments like: “You like it,” while groping my butt. I yelled and screamed and offered straight forward advice: You shouldn’t treat people this way. Nothing would dissuade him. When I nearly fell off of my bike he rode away. I called the police, but they said there was nothing to do. Trapped.
“Nice legs!” As he makes a turn onto spring garden & speeds off. Coward.
On 7/4/13 walking back from art museum w boyfriend after the fireworks. passed white dude on the street who said “ne hao” (“how are you” in chinese) in a very mocking tone as I passed. I’m Asian. I was feeling very lighthearted & happy before it happened, so walked on for a bit before it hit me how bad it was. I wanted to go back to slap, but instead had a long & pretty uplifting talk with boyfriend about it- Being Jewish, he had racist experiences too. We vowed to support each other.
I was unlocking my bike when five guys thought it was necessary to tell me that I was super sexy. Fuck you guys, I don’t need to feel like I’m being eyeball-raped. I also don’t need your opinion on my physical appearance. Have some respect.
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!
Took cab ride from 3rd & Market to 2nd & Tasker. At the end of my ride, I paid cabbie and proceeded to try and leave the cab. But the cabbie had locked the door. So as I struggled to open the door he was giggling:
I said: “could you please open the door?” (asked about 3 times)
Cabbie said: “say baby”
I continued to try and lift door lock myself but he had his hand on the front seat lock button or something.
Cabbie said: “wait… say, open the door baby please.”
I said: “open the door please”
Cabbie said: “no you have to say the whole thing with baby”
I said: “open the door baby please”
Cabbie unlocked the door and I got out.
This was very humiliating, degrading, scary and completely illegal to lock someone in against their will. I never thought about the power dynamic while getting a cab ride. That being said…
I did not get cab company name
I did not get cab number
I did not get license
Things that all escaped my thought process at the time, was just trying to get out of that cab.
It was a white cab for sure, not freedom taxi or yellow checker.
It was reported to police and documented so if this happens to anyone else please, if you remember, note any information that you can and report it…. and be careful.
I am going to start taking a quick pic of cab number every time I get a ride at the beginning of every ride.