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I don’t need your random, smoke break comments. I don’t need your juvenile “wink – lip licking.” I don’t need your STARE. So keep your “hey sexy.”
My two friends who were from NJ and never been to Philly before, and I were walking along market street, with myself in the middle as I was on crutches for a knee injury. As we’re walking by minding our business, a rather large man staggers by waving a plastic bag and tells us you fucking smile, you fucking ugly bitch, looking at our group. We didn’t know who it was aimed at, but we were all frightened and raced toward our destination. The two second event put us on edge for the entire day.
For the entirety of my ride on the 11 trolley, this man put his hand on the upper thigh of the woman in front of him, despite her repeated requests for him to “get the fuck off of me” as well as several physical removals of his hand from her person.
While exiting the subway at 8th Street, a man insisted I go in front of him then patted me on the back extensively. Though minor, pretty sure he wouldn’t have done that if I was a man. No one should think they have the right to touch someone else without their permission.
This July, Hollaback! is hosting a TedX event, HOLLA::Revolution, bringing various international activists together to speak out. Our very own site leader, Rochelle, will be giving a talk on the history of street harassment. The event will be held on Thursday, July 25th, at NYU. Ticket information is available below!
The weekend will then follow with a retreat that will bring together site leaders from various cities all over the world to collaborate with one another and support each other’s local activism on the global Hollaback! stage.
The HOLLA::Revolution will be a public and live-streamed event at New York University, taking place on Thursday, July 25th, from 2-6pm (cocktails to follow the event), where Hollaback! will provide the platform for leading feminist thinkers, activists, and performers, including our very own Hollaback! site leaders from around the world, to give inspiring and empowering multimedia talks, performances and readings on subjects including ending street harassment, the future of feminism, online organizing, and movement building.
We had such a heartening experience at Wizard Con this weekend in Philadelphia. Dozens of men, and many more women, came by our table to talk to us about street harassment. They showed their support, took home copies of the comic book home to show others, and grabbed harasser cards to embolden them to step in as bystanders more often.
Alongside our Hollaback: Red, Yellow, Blue materials, we also had a “Cosplay =/= Consent” sign that also brought people specifically to our table, where we had conversations about harassment and groping of cosplayers.
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As we drew parallels between street harassment and cosplayer harassment, we handed out even more harasser cards as we explained to people the less aggressive ways to let a harasser know you felt harassed. The harasser cards, modeled off of cards made by someone for the 2011 DefCon, and they were a huge hit. We can’t wait to hear stories about more women telling off their harassers in this silent, less aggressive way!
Comic conventions are about celebrating the things that make us geeks, in a place where we can feel free to embrace our favorite stories and characters freely without judgment. I am so glad that sense of community was extended so warmly to our booth. We left feeling supported and more committed to our goal of achieving a world free from harassment, whether it be based on our genders, the fact that we’re in costume, or that we like things like wearing pointy ears in public as we make the Vulcan Salute to one another.
As we continue our East Coast convention tour, we’d love to see you! Let us know what conventions you’ll be at, and if you want to join the effort to combat both street harassment and cosplayer harassment. Email us at email@example.com, or comment on this post!
We had a great time at our Release party at Locust Moon Comics this Saturday! Nearly 100 people were there to help us celebrate the comic’s success, to get their first look at the comic book, and to grab some “thank you” swag and, of course, to get their personalized live autographs from Erin Filson on the cover of her gorgeous first comic!
Tip: If you want some of the swag in these pictures, stop by Wizard Con this weekend and find our table!
Thank you all so much for coming out to help us celebrate! After a couple days off, we’re packing up and headed to Philadelphia Wizard Con this today (May 30) through Sunday June 2! If you are at the convention, look for our table in Artist’s Alley and our teams talking to Cosplayers and taking “Cosplay =/= Consent” pictures!
The release party for our comic book, Hollaback: Red, Yellow, Blue, couldn’t fall on a more appropriate day! Happy National Wine Day and National Geek Pride Day!! Help us celebrate BOTH today as we toast our Geekdom, and the wonderful Philly geek scene, over glasses of wine! Join us tonight to celebrate with some wine, snacks, gorgeous art work, a meet and greet with local artist Erin Filson, and an overall awesome time!
Details: Event page
Where: West Philly at Locust Moon Comics (34 S 40th Street) (Within blocks of major bus routes and the Market-Frankford Line).
Added Bonus: our SEPTA ads are only running for one more week! Take the subway to the party for your last chance at seeing them!
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When: May 25, 2013, 7pm
Where: Locust Moon Comics, 34 S 40th Street
Why: The comic book has been printed, and we can’t wait to share it with you!
Meet us at Locust Moon Comics (34 S 40th Street, right off the Market-Frankford line 40th street exit) for the first reveal of “Hollaback: Red, Yellow, Blue”, before we take it to Philadelphia Wizard Con May 30-June 2.
Artist Erin Filson will be there to sign copies, and the HollabackPHILLY team will be there with her to talk about future programming and next steps. Enjoy a glass of wine and some delicious snacks to help us celebrate!
We’ll also be talking about anti-harassment teams for Wizard Con 2013 here in Philly May 30-June 2, and at San Diego Comic Con 2014. We’d love for you to join us in starting the conversation about safer conventions for everyone who wants to attend, in costume or otherwise. Stop by and talk to us about it, or feel free to email or post on our Facebook page if you’d like more information!
RSVP on the Facebook event page so we are sure to have enough wine!
If you donated to the campaign to help make this comic book a reality, meet us at the event to get your rewards levels (instead of waiting until we ship them at the end of June)! Bonus Perk: get your limited edition prints signed if you were a $100+ donor! Want in on the rewards levels? Head over to philly.ihollaback.org/comic to learn more!