Tag » anti-street harassment
There’s a brand-new building going up in my neighborhood, about a block from my subway stop. I’m not even going to bother explaining what that means. If you're a woman, you know the deal. As I approach, I feel my shoulders rounding forward, my gait shortening and shuffling. My eyes are Super-Glued to the sidewalk. I want to hide, but I can’t get to the subway unless I go down this particular block, and here they are, and here comes the low whistle ... Read More
 A man named Michael Robertson was arrested in Boston for taking secret photos and videos up the skirts and dresses of multiple women on the subway last month. Hooray ! A man faced actual consequences for harassing women in public and treating female bodies as his to ogle!   Except that the state's Supreme Judicial Court ruled the violations legal. Yup, he totally got away with it. The court referenced the state's Peeping Tom laws, saying ... Read More
A worldwide movement to end street harassment through crowd-sourcing called 'Hollaback!' has launched a petition on Change.org, demanding that Rush Limbaugh apologize for the ridiculously insensitive statements he made on his show last night concerning street harassment: "The first way to deal with this that came into my mind, is you find yourself staring, looking at, casually glancing at a woman, but you know that it's now socially taboo. You shouldn't be doing ... Read More
 "Untitled, Brewerytown"  Hannah Price grew up in Fort Collins, Colorado and had never truly experienced street harassment until she moved to Philadelphia.  If you’ve ever walked around in a big city (New York is definitely no exception), you’ve felt the horrible effects of street harassment.  Street harassment makes you feel like that nightmare we’ve all had where you step into class or your office and realize ... Read More
I walk a good 25 minutes to work every morning and a good 35 minutes (I’m a bit slower by the end of the day) from work every evening.  Although the 1-1½ mile commute to and from Port Authority is a bit long, I initially didn’t think I would mind the walk.  I could get a little fresh air and some much-needed cardio.  After my first day of work I was absolutely exhausted.  Besides the whole working part, I couldn’t ... Read More
I think I was 12 the first time I was called a slut. Maybe 14, because I recall having faded purple hair and wearing a Tripp miniskirt at the time, but young enough where the only thing I could do was go to a strip mall with friends, my mom’s cell phone in my pocket. And I remember standing at a street corner with my fellow baby-teens when a pair of guys pulled up to us, desperately trying to get our attention, before declaring that we were a bunch of ... Read More
Street harassment is so common in New York, it's practically a pandemic. It's so common that I walked from the 28th subway to BUST HQ's on 27th (that's a block) and got cat-called five times today. And it's raining. Goddamn, don't these men have jobs? Apparently the thing topping their to-do list is 'YELL AT WOMEN ON STREET' followed by the less important, but equally creepy, tasks of: 'hide in bushes & wait' and 'make lots of calls from a blocked number where ... Read More