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Why Dudes Don’t Greet Other Dudes

After that NYC catcalling video went viral online, some men (not all men!) were upset, not because they were trying to defend their right to shout “nice tits” at a random woman, but because even non-sexual comments were being defined as harassment. For instance, Michael Che, co-host of “Saturday Night Live”’s Weekend Update, wrote on Facebook,… More »


White Women Failed Wendy Davis (And Texas In General)

White women in Texas failed Wendy Davis and the whole rest of the state. [RH Reality Check]
Read this interview with intersex people to find out what life is like for them. [Cosmopolitan]
Here are the five worst states for black people. [The Root]
Read about Harry Potter’s lessons about bullying. More »


The Auckland Version Of The Street Harassment Video Is Just Kind Of Boring

Can this video be my life? This is awesome. The New Zealand Herald hired model Nicola Simpson to recreate the Hollaback street harassment video by walking around Auckland for 10 hours and filming it.
The result? Well, nothing. The time went by and Simpson was left, by and large, to go about her business. More »


Many Polling Places Still Aren’t Accessible To Voters With Disabilities

Decades after the Americans with Disabilities Act, we still have polling places that are restrictive to disabled voters. [VICE]
Read this fantastic piece about why street harassment shouldn’t be criminalized in the context of an unjust criminal justice system. [The Intercept]
Oklahoma’s Supreme Court has delayed some abortion restrictions in the state. More »


Please, Please, Please Do Not Culturally Appropriate This Halloween

For the last time, please stop appropriating other people’s cultures for your Halloween costume, please, please, please. [Huffington Post]
The Washington Post will soon only have men on its masthead. [Jezebel]
Karen Levy critiques an app that puts the onus on women to protect ourselves from rape. [The Atlantic] … More »


An Open Letter About The Racist Undertones Of That Viral Street Harassment Video

Dear Hollaback & Rob Bliss Creative,

I have watched your collaborative video depicting the menacing street harassment of a young, white woman as she casually walked through the streets of New York. You captured dozens of men making unwarranted comments — some more “innocent” than others — as well as the incredibly uncomfortable… More »


North Dakota Is Effectively Banning Abortion

North Dakota banned the abortion pill, leaving few options left for abortion in the state. [Think Progress]
Conservative pundit Dennis Prager said that rape is just “unwanted kisses” and rape culture is a “gargantuan lie.” [Salon]
The uptick in violence in inner cities has to do with mass incarceration, not poverty and… More »


Funny Or Die’s Street Harassment Response And The Difference Between Men And Women In Public

Funny or Die made a response to Hollaback’s street harassment video and, of course, there are buzzkills all around. People who sympathize with women say it’s making light of a serious topic, while those who don’t sympathize are complaining that this isn’t what it’s really like for men.
Of course it isn’t, it’s satire. More »


Efforts To Ban Same-Day Registration And Early Voting Are Voter Suppression

The effort to ban same-day voter registration and early voting amounts to massive voter suppression. [Slate]
PurrVerse columnist Kitty Stryker gives a thorough, nuanced analysis of all the problems involved in Jian Ghomeshi labeling abuse as BDSM. [Guardian]
Wonder Woman has a queer, kinky, feminist history, and that makes me very happy. More »


Everything Is Terrible: Woman In Catcalling Video Gets Rape Threats On YouTube

Misogyny just doesn’t exist! Catcalls are compliments! SMILE SWEETHEART. Tell that to Shoshanna B. Roberts, the New York City-based actress who starred in yesterday’s viral street harassment video (posting it again, above, because it’s worth watching multiple times), who then received rape threats in the comments section on YouTube. Hollaback, the anti-street harassment org. that… More »


Anyone Who Says They Don’t See Street Harassment Happening: Here’s Your Proof

My very female-friendly male friends have told me repeatedly that the frequency with which they see and hear street harassment in no way matches up to the frequency with which their female friends tell them they’re harassed. Well! Outfit us with cameras, and you’ll find out for yourself.
This video was produced for Hollaback,… More »


Frisky Rant: Stop Telling Me Not To Be Rude, Asshole

Yesterday, at the farmer’s market, I encountered a man starring at me all googly-eyed and weird, who then sidled up next to me and said, all breathily, “Excuse me, what’s your name?” My instinct was to say “My name is Fuck Off And Die You Fucking Prick,” but I was so caught off-guard by a… More »


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… More »


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… More »


True Story: I Was Stalked By A Random Dude And My Friends Laughed About It

Last week, I had a stalker experience that left me feeling very uneasy. I frequent a Starbucks about a mile away from my house and sometimes just spend the entire day there writing. On one particular afternoon, a young man came into the cafe. I just happened to look up at that same exact moment… More »


7 Takeaways From The New York Post’s Uncritical Profile Of A Chronic Subway Harasser

I guess the New York Post is voting pro-harassment this election season, because they’ve gone a step beyond Doree Lewak’s now-sort-of-infamous “Deal With It!” pro-catcall manifesto by asking a nigh-professional New York subway harasser how he works his magic (and by magic, I mean misogyny). Here are the main takeaways from their profile of Brian… More »


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… More »


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 writer Kathy Sierra… More »


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… More »


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… More »