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  Women’s position in Egyptian society has become so dire that they are disappearing from the public sphere just so they don’t have to deal with men. The sexual harassment and assault that occurs everyday has dramatically increased within the past year, most likely due to interior instability. After the Arab Spring, Egypt has really been in political and social limbo, and the women are suffering most of all - an environment with an undercurrent of ... Read More
When some gross dude on the street yells at you on the street, calling you “baby” or telling you you’re looking fine or some crap like that, it’s hard to think of a good response. (I usually awkwardly avoid eye contact and start powerwalking away.) Tatyana Fazlalizadeh has created art installations that say what we’re thinking when that shit happens. Fazlalizadeh is a prolific artist who has worked with several mediums, including oil ... Read More
Do you enjoy men ordering you to smile on the street? How about telling you you’ve got a nice ass? Or maybe just a suggestive whistle while you walk to work? No? Neither do we. That’s why we’re stoked on the Coalition for Gender Equity in Schools’ new youth-led summit about street harassment. On March 25th, middle and high school students will host an event that will engage in a thought-provoking dialogue on the not-so-intelligent dialogue ... Read More
The vast majority of women, and some men, experience street harassment — according to Hollaback, 80 to 99% of women experience street harassment at some point in their lives. Street harassment takes the form of vulgar gestures, sexually explicit comments, whistling, following, kissing noises, groping, masturbation….the list goes on. I’ve had most of these happen to me — from the man who followed me out of the subway while masturbating, to ... Read More
We all know the drill: You’re walking down the street when a sketchy-looking guy and his “boys” look you up and down with their prying eyes. More often than not, sexual epithets and crude motions follow. And if you happen to be holding hands with another woman, expect anti-gay slurs to be tossed around without a second thought. It’s no secret that street harassment is a pervasive problem across the United States. In my very own city, the ... Read More
  Unfortunately, many of us have experienced some form of street harassment – getting catcalled at, peeped at, or even groped in a crowded area. But there’s another kind of harassment that doesn’t receive quite as much attention, mostly because it’s so covert: the “upskirt” video or photo. The issue of upskirt videos was a pretty hot topic in the BUST office today, because one of our editors was upskirt-video'd recently on ... Read More
Ladies: Don’t you love it when you're on your way to work or the hardware store, or just taking a relaxing stroll on a nice day, and someone approaches you to express his desire to boink you? You don’t? Me neither! Instead of using your just-purchased screwdriver to dole out some street justice, you may soon be able to use a new iPhone app to deal with these annoying a-holes. NY Daily News reports that NY City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and ... Read More
  We reminded you last Friday that International Anti-Street Harassment Week is this week. Hope you're all fighting back in whatever way suits you best: blogging, a well-placed status update, or speaking out on the streets in safe and responsible ways. Permanent Wave, the rad feminist collective of artists and activists based in Brooklyn, shared this video in honor of the Stop Street Harassment campaign on their Tumblr: You need to a flashplayer enabled ... Read More
We’ve been honked, whistled, and leered at. We can attempt to escape the heat by wearing tank tops and shorts, but we can hardly escape the harassment that we face every day on the streets. It is often dismissed as an inevitable annoyance, or maybe even seen as a compliment, but street harassment is one the most pervasive forms of gender-based violence and one that is least legislated against. March 20th, the first day of spring, is International Anti-Street ... Read More
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