Posts tagged "sexual harassment"

Sean Rad Has Been Demoted As CEO Of Tinder, And The Story Is A Good Cautionary Tale About Relationships At Work

Sean Rad, the creator and former CEO of Tinder, has been demoted from his position leading the company. Tinder’s parent company, IAC, voted him out partially because Tinder could be making more money, and partially because of his ongoing association with Justin Mateen, who was the subject of a sexual harassment lawsuit from former Tinder…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / November 4, 2014

Jian Ghomeshi Has Sent Me Into Creep Ennui

I have creep ennui. Right now it’s Jian Ghomeshi. Over the last few weeks it’s been Stephen Collins, Ray Rice (and the whole NFL), and the Alt Lit crowd — Tao Lin, Janey Smith, Stephen Tully Dierks, Ed Champion. Matt Taibbi apparently harassed a staffer at First Look Media. Dr. Luke abused Ke$ha. Would-be feminist…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 31, 2014

Woman Gets Groper Arrested By Posting His Picture On Twitter

When Julia Marquand walked into a Seattle store, a man started following her a little too closely, making her suspicious. He then proceeded to reach out and touch her butt. She told him to leave her alone, and he apologized, but that didn’t make up for what he’d just done. Twenty minutes later, she spotted…

By: Claire Hannum / October 17, 2014

Fed Up Artist Turns Catcalls Into Needlepoints

It continues to blow my mind that men remain dismissive of women’s complaints about street harassment, insistent that they’re “only” giving compliments and flirting, as if it’s completely irrelevant how such “compliments” actually make women feel. Brooklyn-based artist Elana Adler — like many, many, many, many women – was also sick of being catcalled and decided…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / October 17, 2014

The Soapbox: Fear Me If You Do Not Respect My Right To Walk Down The Street In Peace

Before the movement to end street harassment really gained steam, I penned an essay about my childhood experiences as a poor, Black girl. In the piece, I detailed an interaction I had, at 11 years old with a group of men more than two times my age, where they publicly sexually harassed me while on my…

By: Tiffanie Drayton / October 10, 2014

Man Murders Mother Of Three For Rejecting His Advances

Mary “Unique” Spears, a 27-year-old mother of three, had just left the funeral of a relative on Saturday when a man she’d never met began harassing her under the guise of wanting to ask her out. She was on her way to the Joe Louis Post rental hall in Detroit to continue memorial services with…

By: Claire Hannum / October 8, 2014

My Facebook Post About An Ass-Grabbing Customer Went Viral

Two weeks ago I quit my bartending job. A man came into my restaurant, had a drink, and made a lewd comment to me, while he also happened to have his hand on my ass. It’s now a somewhat internet famous event, as I posted about it on my Facebook page and the note took…

By: Laura Ramadei / September 29, 2014

15 Of The Worst Messages Women Have Received From Men They Ignored On Online Dating Sites


Online dating can be a wonderful thing, and plenty of couples — including our own Jessica and her husband — have met and found love through sites like OK Cupid, Tinder and Match. But it can also be a complete and utter shitshow, especially for women. While there are plenty of cool single dude…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / September 19, 2014

PurrVerse: We All Have The Right To A Secret Identity

It was two and a half years ago that I presented at South By Southwest  on sex workers and social media, particularly on the dangers of “real name policies.” Sex workers are using social media, not only to talk to fans, but to talk to each other, to create community while still maintaining a level…

By: Kitty Stryker / September 18, 2014

Customer Who Put His Hand On His Bartender’s Ass Messed With The Wrong Pissed Off Woman

An ex-New York City bartender/aspiring actress named Laura Ramadei has penned an open letter to a customer named Brian Lederman, who groped her and said he wanted to order her “to go.” When Ramadei didn’t respond to his sexual harassment, Lederman — a hedge funder who she easily found online through a Google search, after…

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 18, 2014

Tinder Exec Resigns Following Sexual Harassment Settlement

Tinder CMO Justin Mateen has resigned from the company after the company and its owner IAC settled a sexual harassment lawsuit by a former employee and romantic interest. Whitney Wolfe, an early employee at Tinder, said she was pressured to resign after she complained about sexist and inappropriate messages from Mateen. The amount of the…

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 9, 2014

How To Flirt Without Being Predatory

Dudes the world over (I feel like until people stop saying “but I’m not like that!” I have to keep amending statements like this by saying OK GUYS #NOTALLMEN, WE GET IT, MOVING ON) claim that no, they’re not harassing women, they’re just flirting! Can’t they flirt? Is flirting illegal now? Why can’t we flirt…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / September 8, 2014

On “The Fappening” & 4chan’s Violent Attitude Towards Women

Here’s what I’ve learned about men on the internet who are annoying at best and abusive at worst: They think they know the women they harass. They have access to our ideas and our creative output (i.e. writing, videos, etc.), to our faces, to basic information about us, to a few scant personal details, and…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / September 2, 2014

Woman Sues Facebook For $123 Million For Not Removing Her Likeness In “Revenge Porn”

Meryem Ali, 28, of Houston, Texas, is suing Facebook for $123 million for failing to remove her likeness in “revenge porn” photos posted to their site. As she tells Cosmopolitan.com, a man she had hung out with three times created a fake profile with photos of Ali’s head photoshopped onto pornographic images.  Ali’s original…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 22, 2014

Buzzfeed’s Street Harassment Video Is Cathartic but Incorrect

I’m not even going to pretend that I didn’t watch Buzzfeed’s What Men Are Really Saying When Catcalling Women video (above). Like, a good 20 times. Earlier in the day I’d written on my Tumblr about being catcalled six times in an hour while I was trying to run errands, and it was super-cathartic to…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / August 13, 2014

Man Assaulted, Knocked Unconscious After Defending Women From Catcallers

It’s not just women who are at risk of being hurt if they stand up to street harassment: a man in Philadelphia was attacked and knocked unconscious when he tried to stop a car full of men from catcalling a group of women. NBC Philadelphia reported that a 39-year-old man visiting from Texas saw several…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 13, 2014

7 Responses To Mansplanations About Street Harassment

The current furor over street harassment is hard to miss. Everything from Internet message boards to Facebook pages are littered with gender driven discussions on an issue that has become a hot-button topic the world over. There are countless voices in the mix, but sadly, many of the loudest male opinions serve to dismiss any…

By: Tiffanie Drayton / August 12, 2014

“Smile!” With The Smile Bitch Training Camp

You wouldn’t want to ruin a strange man’s day by not giving him a big toothy grin when he calls at you on the street, “SMILE!” With the Smile Bitch Training Camp, you, too, can be ready to look happy for absolute strangers no matter how shitty your day has been.  [Twitter.com/JancelleJComic]…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 8, 2014

Because Street Harassment Is Hilarious, Dude Asks 200 Random Women For Sex

This is so RIP Society that it deserves the RIP Society crown: Whatever, a site devoted to “pranks/social experiments/randomness,” filmed an American bro wilking around Europe sexually harassing 200 different women by asking them to have sex. That’s it — hey, you’re cute, want to have sex? Most women laugh, but you can tell their…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 8, 2014

This Short Documentary Provides An Emotional, Frustrating Look At Street Harassment

This short documentary from Vocativ takes a look at just how widespread and dangerous street harassment is. In the film, hidden cameras show us the nauseating frustration of simply walking down a city street as a woman. Jen Corey, a Miss America finalist, talks in the film about being assaulted on the Washington, D.C., metro, and several…

By: Claire Hannum / August 3, 2014
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