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I was dog walking when a man in a white van appeared to be taking pictures of me. I flipped him off and walked away. He drove away and I went back to walking when he drove past screaming ” I have your picture”.
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.
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.