Posts tagged "street harassment"

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 time…
By: Tiffanie Drayton / October 10, 2014

Clayton “Relax And Enjoy It” Williams Is A Key Funder In GOP Campaign Against Wendy Davis In TX

Clayton Williams, a former Republican candidate for Texas governor who is famous for saying rape victims should "sit back and enjoy it," is a major contributor to Greg Abbott's campaign against Wendy Davis in the state. Birds of a feather... [Houston Chronicle] Take the time for this long read from…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 8, 2014

Frisky Rant: What’s So Funny About Forcing A Woman To Kiss You?

A bunch of obviously misogynistic "pranks" have been circling my Facebook newsfeed for a few days now and it is just pissing me off. In one particular video, that really can’t be labelled as a prank because there is absolutely nothing funny about it, a young man walks up to a random woman, asks a…
By: Tiffanie Drayton / September 23, 2014

Texas Throws Out Law Banning Creepshots

The Texas Supreme Court threw out a ban on “creepshots” this week, saying that it’s “paternalistic” for the government to “regulate the defendant’s mind” in a case in which someone takes illicit photos of another person, in public, without the subject’s consent. Jenny Kutner at Slate points out the very real fact of the…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / September 21, 2014

Kansas City Is Considering An Ordinance To Ban Street Harassment

Kansas City, Missouri, is considering an ordinance that would provide fines and jail time for street harassers. So Iguess I’m movin’ to Kansas City! I have family there, it’ll be all good. Various other cities in Missouri (of all places), including Columbia and St. Louis, have put together bans on public harassment similar to…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / September 19, 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

Watch “The Daily Show” Take Down Catcalling

This week, "The Daily Show" continued its crusade against political bullshittery by delving into the rampant sexism in Congress. After a bunch of creepy dudes weigh in how to properly "compliment" a lady, correspondent Jessica Williams (in a second video after the jump) shuts down catcalling like a boss. [The Mary Sue]…
By: Claire Hannum / September 5, 2014

Playboy — Yes, Playboy — Nails It With This “Should You Catcall Her?” Flowchart

I wouldn't have expected Playboy, of all brands, to take such a righteous stand against catcalling with this handy flowchart (made by the talented Shea Strauss), but goddamn if I do appreciate it. See the full flowchart after the jump! [Playboy]…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / August 27, 2014

Hey, Doree Lewak, Catcalling Is Disgusting — Deal With It!

Look, Doree Lewak, I’m not going to tell you not to court male attention or that you’re wrong for enjoying compliments -- within reason -- from strangers. I’m not going to condescend to you over the fact that it gives you an ego boost, not least of all because hey, to each their own. I…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / August 19, 2014

Seeing This Little Person Deal With Harassment Will Make You Reconsider How You Treat Strangers

I’m sure you had plans for the day, but you’re going to have to put them aside for six minutes and fall in love with this stranger on the internet. His name is Jonathan Novick, he’s a filmmaker, he’s a little person, and he’s a total badass. Using a hidden camera that looks like a regular shirt button,…
By: The Gloss / August 16, 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 wa…
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.,…
By: Claire Hannum / August 3, 2014

Watch These Street Harassers Get Called Out

First, Lindsey, a 28-year-old from Minneapolis, started by confronting catcallers by handing them Cards Against Street Harassment -- nifty printable cards that explain why it's not cool to engage in street harassment. Now she's taken things a step further by filming catcallers in the act. In the video above, she bravely confronts them…
By: Claire Hannum / July 21, 2014

A Relatively Complete List Of Acceptable Catcalls

This morning, I was walking down the street when someone called to me from his car: "Hey, Big Butt!" This was meant to be a compliment of sorts. I don't mind people saying that my butt is big (I mean, it's sizeable, that's just a statement of fact), but what bothered me is the absolute…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / July 7, 2014

What Goes Through My Head When Men Make Kissy Noises At Me On the Street

1. What is that noise? Also, can I note that I hate mouth sounds? Chewing, sucking, slobbering, puckering, just everything. I’m not going to get clinical and call it misophonia, but I have to make a conscious effort to not get enraged when I hear mouth sounds. Therefore, hoping for the best...
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / June 25, 2014

These Girls Are Using Art To Combat Street Harassment And I’m Loving It

The awesome ladies behind the non-profit Hollaback have turned to art as a method of fighting back against street harassment. Hollaback NYC held a "Girl Power" art workshop in a Brooklyn park recently which encouraged its tween and teen participants to create visible street art that spoke out against the catcalls and harassment many wome…
By: Claire Hannum / June 16, 2014