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Phone App Submission: Man in car drives beside her at walking pace so he can harass her

I was walking down the street in the middle of the afternoon when an older man slowed down in his car and started driving next to me very slowly. He yelled “Hey baby wanna come hang out with me?” I said no and he yelled “Mmm mmm. Suit yourself, girls don’t know what they’re missing”

 

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Layne Marie’s Story: “I could not just walk by and let another man treat a woman with disrespect”.

Last night walking to broad street, there was a couple in front of me. This man was shoving this woman he was with around, cussing her out, dropping the f bomb every other word, and the woman was just helpless as this man pushed her around. I power walked in front of them, my blood boiling–turned around and looked straight at the man and said “Can you not?! Can ya not?!!” And the woman looked at me and said “SEE! SEE!!” And the man looked humiliated for a second and then I looked at him again and said “Yeah. DON’T.” He then proceeded to cuss ME out, so I gave him a taste of his own medicine and walked as fast as I could away, shaking, and met my friends. Should I have said something? Some people would think maybe not. But I could not just walk by and let another man treat a woman with disrespect. Men of 2014, treat the women around you with class. Ladies, stand up for yourselves, don’t compromise your integrity. We are powerful badass bitches.

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Liz B.’s Story: Harassers can’t resist, even from across the street!

I was walking to the train station when a car drove by going the opposite way and honked at me several times.

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iPhone submission: Trans aggression at Planet Fitness

While at Planet Fitness, I overheard two men making discriminatory comments about a trans person signing in at the front desk, escalating to the point of one of the men saying, “if he talks to me, I’ll put a .45 in his face.” I reported this incident to the front desk and have been told it “would be dealt with.” Since then, I have been told BY THE STAFF that “that’s just how they are” and “it’s too much he said she said to do anything about.” So, if your LGBT, come here at your own risk.

 

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Anna’s Story: Bothered by someone else getting harassed, she intervenes!

I was walking across the subway platform at 15th Street Station around 9:30 pm the other night, and there was a woman walking a few feet ahead of me. A guy approached her and started following her and harassing her as she was walking. I couldn’t hear exactly what he was saying, but it was obvious from her body language that she did not want to talk to him (she refused to look at him, started walking faster). It made me so angry! Since we were the only people on the platform, I was nervous about how to react, and decided to just physically get in between them and walk next to her. I did, and he immediately stopped and left! I thought about saying something something to her afterwards, but noticed that she was wearing headphones and probably just wanted to be left alone, so I didn’t. It felt great to be able to help!

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New bus shelter ad aims to undo VisitPhilly damage

Have you seen the new bus shelter at 16th and JFK? With a welcoming message, it lets visitors to Philly know that our city takes pride in its streets and that street harassing behaviors are not tolerated here.  

 

 

HollabackPHILLY, a project of Feminist Public Works, designed this ad in response to a large billboard that GPTMC, Philadelphia’s tourist marketing company, ran as part of its VisitPhilly campaign in 2012. That summer, HollabackPHILLY protested the placement of GPTMC’s enormous street-harassing billboard on the side of a parking garage in a prominent location in Center City.

The billboard (pictured above), said “Dear Walking This Way: I like the way you move it move it. With Love, Philadelphia XOXO.” GPTMC justified this ad by saying that is is a play on a lyric from the song “I Like to Move It” from Madagascar 2. HollabackPHILLY, however, pointed out that there is a significant difference between “I like to move it move it” (a person having fun dancing) and “I like the way you move it move it” (unwanted commentary on passersby).

It also quickly became obvious that this was not GPTMC’s first ad to “accidentally” promote street harassing behaviors. Check out this example from 2010:

 

GPTMC refused to remove the “Walking This Way” billboard, stating that it was set to come down soon, but they did agree to meet with HollabackPHILLY to discuss the issue. The meeting resulted in an offer by GPTMC to work with HollabackPHILLY on the design and placement of a welcoming ad. However, despite multiple attempts by the HollabackPHILLY team to contact GPTMC following this meeting, they were unresponsive.

Disappointed but unfazed, the HollabackPHILLY team decided to incorporate a new spin on GPTMC’s offensive “Dear Walking This Way” ad into its April 2014 anti-street harassment ad campaign. The new ad (which had previously been proposed to GPTMC) reads: “Dear Walking This Way: Welcome to the city of brotherly love (and sisterly affection). Our streets are your streets. With love (and respect), Philadelphia XOXO. PS: #ENDSH.” This new ad was specifically designed to show – despite past mistakes by our city’s tourism marketing company – that Philadelphia is proud to be making steps in the right direction to make sure that all people walking its streets feel safe and comfortable.

HollabackPHILLY welcomes your thoughts on this ad, and its entire 2014 campaign.

 

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iPhone App Submission: She asks him to leave her alone, but he won’t stop bothering her!

Waiting for the bus at 15th and JFK an older man approaches me says “well hello pretty lady” I ignore him and he repeats himself. I yell and say “could you leave me alone and stop harassing me” he walks away for 3 minutes or so and then continues to circle around the general area I walk to. So tired of this!

 

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Karley’s Story: Tired of being catcalled when she’s just trying to get home.

I was waiting for the bus to go home, right off of temple campus at 12th and oxford and a white van jam packed with people in it beeps at me and I assume it’s because I’m on the edge of the curb so I step back. Wrong. Almost every man in that van started to yell, wave kiss and stick their tongues out at me. Tired of being catcalled when I’m trying to get home.

 

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Astra’s Story: Man pulls over and masturbates at her

Walking from 69th street terminal up west Chester pike RIGHT ACROSS FROM POLICE STATION a man in an old great Honda pulls up next to me and asks to use a lighter. Upon looking up from my feet I realize this man has his pants down and is rubbing his gross dick.. after he witnessed my utter disgust and shock, he drove off.. with the satisfaction of getting the reaction he desired.

 

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Brittany’s Story: The man followed her to her door, trying to get in to her house!

I had just come out of my bodega and walked across the street towards my house. An older (50+) came up to me and said “I’ve been with white women…” I practiced my safest reaction, dirtiest side glance, and kept walking. He was almost standing right in front of my door while I tried to unlock it and said “yeah, I’ve been with A LOT of white women” while he tried to open my house door further. I pulled it shut behind me and locked it.

 

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