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If you’re looking for the perfect gift for the budding activist in your life, or someone who could use tools to help them reclaim the power in street harassment situations, or just someone passionate about gender-justice – look no further than the HollabackPHILLY etsy store!
We’ve added “Don’t tell me to SMILE” temporary tattoos to the shop, and to the HOLLAHero kits! If you order by December 15, 2013, your order will be shipped in time to arrive by December 25, and will include a snazzy Hollaback Holiday card! The Ultimate HollaHERO gift set ships free until December 15, 2013!
Apparel is certified sweat shop and child labor free. Cards, limited edition prints, and bookmarks are printed on recycled cardstock using soy-based ink. And, 100% of the proceeds spent on this gear goes straight back into continuing our programming here in Philadelphia, which we share with the entire international Hollaback! network.
I just listened to the lyrics in this catchy pop song, Sara Bareilles’ “I Just Wanna See You Be Brave”, and it’s actually a pretty powerful anti-street harassment anthem! If this is more your style than Ani DiFranco, then let this play in your mind next time you deal with street harassment, both during and after the incident!!
Each stanza is awesome and I couldn’t pick a favorite – so I just randomly picked a section to give you an idea of why I’m so digging this song right now! Also – the video is a bunch of people randomly dancing their asses off in public with no shame as people stare (and sometimes join in) – which is also majorly smile-inducing! Do yourself a favor and spend 3:58 listening/watching!
Everybody’s been there,
Everybody’s been stared down by the enemy
Fallen for the fear
And done some disappearing,
Bow down to the mighty
Don’t run, stop holding your tongue
Maybe there’s a way out of the cage where you live
Maybe one of these days you can let the light in
Show me how big your brave is
While we’re at it, and since I already mentioned Ani above – throwback to my personal anti-street harassment album:
It was still light out, but I was already dressed in a sequined top and black mini skirt for an early dinner event. As I stepped out of my apartment, I planned the walking route to my friend’s house. No, don’t cross over to South Street quite yet—avoid the group of men that’s always hanging around outside that pizza place, staring.
Then I looked up and saw a pair of men unloading construction materials from a truck up onto the sidewalk ahead. I sighed and kept my gaze forward, bracing myself for unwanted attention, suddenly very aware of my exposed legs. As I passed I felt eyes on me. “Hey!” he called out. I turned in spite of myself. “I really like your shirt!” A thumbs up. “Cool!”
“Thank you!” I hollered back, smiling. How good it felt to receive an appropriate comment while walking down the street disarmed me. Is it that uncommon to be addressed by a male stranger and feel ok about it? Yes, it is.
But being on the receiving end of such attention is encouraging; it turns out there are men capable of complimenting women in a non-threatening way that makes them feel both safe and even good about themselves. We need more of this.
Dear man in truck,
I am taking down my Halloween decorations, fully clothed, and in a scarf. Your “nice t*ts” comment does not make me want to sleep with you or marry you or anything else. It just makes you an assh*le. Also, I know they are fabulous, these life-sustaining, giant, luscious boobies, but they are mine.
A group of teenagers on their bikes came towards my friend and I while we were walking up Broad. One reached out as he passed in an attempt to grope my chest, but I used my elbow to block his hand and push him. “What the fuck is wrong with you?!” They shouted after us.
I was shaken but told them to fuck off and kept walking. My friend looked so confused and upset.
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!
We were coming home late from a party. As I parked, my friend got out of the car. I heard someone trying to hit on her. She replied “Hi, sorry, not interested”. When I got out of the car I saw it was a car with two guys, stopped in the middle of the road. I said “Leave my fucking girlfriend alone” and they said “Yeah, you’re right we should have paid attention to you.” We rushed down the block to her apartment.
I was walking with my dog through the Farmers Market on Saturday at Rittenhouse Square, which happened to be a gorgeous warm Fall day, naturally there were plenty of people out. A man in a bright yellow vest yelled at some young girls, maybe 12-14 in age, walking in front of me “A $1 for the homeless.” When none of them looked up and kept walking, he yelled “F*** you, I don’t need your dollar, a** holes.” I turned and told him it is completely inappropriate for him to say that to anyone. He goes “F*** you, b****.” I said, “you know, last week you asked me if I had a boyfriend and I just kept walking, ignoring you and didn’t say anything. It’s not ok to talk to people that way!” He goes “What? I don’t want you, you ugly, you look like my dog. Get away from me.”
I called the police as did another man who was telling him to “just calm down”. Since several people watched this happen, two girls from one of the fruit stands asked me if I was ok and told me I could stand with them while I waited for the police. Since the stand was not that far from the guy, he kept yelling and waving at me and then seemed to be pretending to laugh at me, while pointing and jumping around. I thought this was a good time to take photos to send to the organization he works for and for my own documentation. He yelled some more-stuff like “ew, you look like my dog, you smelly, go away”. We waited for at least 20 minutes for the police. Of course, he saw them coming and they did not catch him. I was however able to contact the organization he works for, One Step Away. I sent them a detailed story and photos and they promised to handle it and understood that this person would likely recognize me if he saw me again. I will be following up with them.