Tag Archives: sexual harassment

The Soapbox: I’m On Twitter Strike Until The Men I Know Get Loud

Whit: Not Pretty Enough
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Whitney Cummings was told she wasn't "pretty enough" for Hollywood. Read More »
Fat And White?
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"Are Women Funny?"
Mindy Kaling won't answer your stupid "are women funny?" question. Read More »
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Jen Kirkman is a comedian on “Chelsea Lately” and “After Lately.” This post was reprinted with permission from her Tumblr. 

I’m on a Twitter strike. I am so sick of the way men on Twitter treat lady comics. And my male friends always DM me or text me or email me or talk to me about how they hate it too but they never speak up.

I am constantly tweeting about gay rights (I’m straight) and racism (I’m white). It takes two seconds and it’s part of who I am. My male comedy friends show support by suggesting that I just let it slide, “these people are idiots/trolls.” But I don’t see it as “trolls” — these are actual men who are showing me that their opinion is that a woman is acting “hysterical” when she reacts to being treated unfairly. Suddenly I am not funny or fun. My male comedy friends sometimes lament that they want to support and that they hate how they see their women friends being treated on line but “but don’t know what to say.” Keep reading »

Woman Pulls Gun On Flasher, Flasher Puts Penis Away And Runs

Catcalling Works?
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Men explain why they think catcalling works. Read More »
Open Letter
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An open letter to the stranger on the street who propositioned me for sex. Read More »
Legs Filmed On Subway
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Some creep is filming videos of your legs on the subway for YouTube. Read More »
Creep Shaming
Why whining about "creep shaming" is total BS. Read More »
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I’m never really sure how I feel about concealed weapons, but in this case, I have to just laugh: A woman in Longview, Washington, was walking at Lake Sacajawea on Wednesday evening when a man “aggressively”came up to her while masturbating and “suggested she should watch him,” the Seattle Times reports. That’s when this woman whipped out her gun. Dudebro tucked his dick back in his pants and ran away. He wasn’t suspecting that, now was he?

Of course the sad part is that a woman shouldn’t have to produce a firearm to be safe from street harassment or sexual assault. But in this instance, it didn’t hurt. [Seattle Times]

Men Explain Why They Think Catcalling Works

Catcaller Form
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Here's a handy form for you to give to catcallers. Read More »
Kitten on Catcalling
Listen to this adorable baby kitten, because he's right. Read More »
Chesca Gets Catcalled
Comedienne Chescaleigh takes on dudes who catcall. Read More »
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Creeeeepy

“Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell” is a show I keep meaning to start watching, especially because of skits like this. Kamau hit the streets to talk to talk about street harassment, asking women how it makes them feel and asking men why they do it. Surprise, surprise, boys: Yelling “Check out that ass!” at a woman just makes you look obnoxious (at best) and mad creepy (at worst). But the some of the men Kamau talked to don’t seem to get it. They think women “really like it.” There’s this one guy who insists that women “really like” being hollered at by strangers.  Hmm, maybe he hasn’t considered he’s the one who actually enjoys making women uncomfortable? Oh, obliviousness.

The Soapbox: Does Street Harassment Keep You From Exercising?

Street Harassment
How do you respond? Read More »
Makeup At The Gym
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Do you put makeup on before working out at the gym? Read More »
Perv Problems
How do you stop a pervert from rampant perv-ing? Read More »

When most people think about street harassment, they think about what women wear or about how women should respond to catcalls. But there are other, more subtle, effects of street harassment and how it affects women’s existence in public space. Recently, The Wall Street Journal noted that only 11 percent of the participants in India’s Delhi Half Marathon were female and one of the reasons they gave for why women in India don’t run is the “stares and calls from drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.” In other words, women don’t go outside to exercise when they live in fear of street harassment. Keep reading »

A Woman’s Guide To Hasidic Street Harassment

Jewish Matchmaking
WTF comments from an Orthodox Jewish matchmaker. Read More »
Free Nose Jobs
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Plastic surgeon offers free nose jobs for Orthodox Jews. Read More »
Dating Ex-Orthodox
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What happens when ex-Orthodox Jews need to learn how to date? Read More »
Street Harassment
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Hasidic Man

Living in New York City means getting used to street harassment. In the past few years, my name has been Baby, Sexy, Bitch, and Hey You, Why Don’t You Smile? I’ve learned when to give the finger and when to hide. My friend Jen Dziura, a life coaching columnist, advises women that the best way to counter street harassment is to walk calmly up to the whistler or catcaller in question and politely let him know that he needs to learn how to speak to women in a respectful way.

It’s because of her that I finally said something to the Hasidic men who harass me in my neighborhood. Keep reading »

How To Laugh About Getting Flashed

Creep Shaming
Why whining about "creep shaming" is total BS. Read More »
Legs Filmed On Subway
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Some creep is filming videos of your legs on the subway for YouTube. Read More »
Street Harassment
How do you respond? Read More »
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It's A Love Match!

I will never for the life of me understand why men whip their dick out in front of strange women. Especially when it is flaccid. What woman in the world has ever said, “Oh my god, you know what I need right now?! Your penis! Your flaccid penis! Thank God you are here!” Comedian Sasheer Zamata did a skit for the web series Storytime about this very occurence. She’s just better able to laugh about it than most of us. [Clutch Magazine]

Waitress Sues L.A. Bar Over Short Skirt Dress Code, Fans Blowing Up Skirt

Harassed At Work
Daley's friend is being harassed by her superior at her summer job. Read More »
Slutty School Girls
On dress codes and "Slutty Wednesday" at one NYC high school. Read More »
Legs Filmed On Subway
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Some creep is filming videos of your legs on the subway for YouTube. Read More »
Today's Lady News
Pervy New Dress Code
  • A woman claims she was fired from O’Hara’s, a bar near UCLA, for complaining about a new dress code for women that required wait staff to wear short, plaid school girl skirts  and place fans around the restaurant to blow their skirts up! Ew. Creepy. The woman wrote a letter to her boss registering her complaint, then quickly saw her hours reduced before being fired three days later. That fan thing is straight-up sexual harassment: indefensible in any workplace.
  • Republican South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley vetoed a bill last week which would have provided free HPV vaccinations for young ladies. Some strains of HPV are known to cause cervical cancer in women. [Think Progress]
  • A teenaged lesbian couple were found shot in a Portland, Texas park. Mollie Oligin, 19, died from her injuries, and Mary Chapa, 18, was rushed to the hospital and is now in stable condition. Its unclear whether the young women’s sexuality factored in the attack. [MSNBC] Keep reading »

Some Creep Is Filming Videos Of Your Legs On The Subway And Posting Them On YouTube

Creep Shaming
Why whining about "creep shaming" is total BS. Read More »
Woman Attacks Pervert
Today's Lady News
This woman opened a can of whoop-ass on a man who groped her. Read More »
She-Hulk Catches Perv
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A 24-year-old she-hulk caught a perv on the Boston subway. Read More »
Street Harassment
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The good news is that YouTube has pulled an account belonging to “John Zippy,” a man who was surreptiously filming women’s legs on the subway through a camera placed inside a Starbucks cup and posting the videos online.

The bad news is the YouTube channel “New York Subway Girls” had 35 videos posted on it before it was yanked, featuring 102 women whose body parts were being filmed without their consent. Gross. And the New York Police Department is unable do anything about the vids — unless a woman filmed specifically complains about sexual harassment — because filming in public is not illegal. Keep reading »

The Dumbest Anti-Sexual Harassment Stock Photos

Sexual harassment in the workplace is wrong, and some companies use pictures to illustrate what constitutes inappropriate behavior on the job. Unfortunately, when you search for “sexual harassment” in any stock photo website, some images take it to a new level — one that makes you feel like the photo is sexually harassing YOU. Here are our favorite examples. Read more…

Jay Smooth Calls On Men To Challenge Anti-Feminist Internet Trolls

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All of The Frisky's posts about sexism. Read More »
Street Harassment App
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A new iPhone app tracks where street harassment occurs. Read More »
Jay Smooth On Women, Trolling And Sexism

All feminist blogger Anita Sarkeesian wanted to do was create a new project aimed at examining common tropes in video games through a feminist lens. Sarkeesian, who blogs at FeministFrequency.com, was hoping that the new web series “Tropes vs. Women in Video Games,” would offer a new, in-depth view on gender representation in video games and throughout gaming culture. She needed $6,000 to fund the venture, so she launched a Kickstarter campaign (the video for the project is after the jump), and pledged to make the web series available free online upon completion.

No big deal, right? It should have been a simple project to get support for and fund. But then her project caught the attention of anti-feminist, anti-woman trolls. Keep reading »

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