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  I love New York. I’ve lived here my whole life, and wouldn’t trade a minute of it for anything.  That being said, there’s a lot about growing up in a big city, especially for a young woman, that’s not so great. I’m thinking particularly of street harassment—it’s something that I, along with countless others around the world, have had to deal with almost every day from a very young age.Some of my friends yell ... Read More
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 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
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
Today in awkward slut-shamey advice, Beijing officials are telling women to shield themselves with newspapers in order to avoid sexual harassment.  The cops gave out this hot tip now because of China’s rising summer temperatures – they know that logically, people will be wearing fewer layers and shorter clothes to beat the heat. And police brains often seem to think that shorter clothes = more harassment = under a woman’s control, so lo and ... Read More
Catcalling is such a common phenomenon that a lot of people have learned to just ignore it. But this week, activists all over the world want to let everyone know that any form of street harassment is not okay. People in Philadelphia, Boston, Colombia, the Czech Republic, and many more have been posting ads on the non-profit organization Hollaback!'s Facebook for anti-street harassment week (April 7-13). Advocates hope that increased attention to this ... 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
Nerd ladies all over the globe already love YouTube superhero Andre Meadows, writer and star of Black Nerd Rants. And what’s not to love? He’s funny, he’s smart, and he’s geeky as ever-loving fuck. (For those not familiar with Meadows’ YouTube channel, Black Nerd Comedy, he chronicles nerdy news in hilarious short web videos every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.) But last Wednesday’s video, "Con Creepers Take Pictures", is ... Read More
The New York Court of Appeals seems to think that subway masturbators are no big deal.  Last year, a man who masturbated and ejaculated on three different female subway passengers was tracked down through DNA evidence. The man, Darnell Hardware, is now out free after only one year in prison — for time served — because the Court of Appeals considers masturbating and ejaculating on someone without their consent a misdemeanor, not a felony, Gothamist ... 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
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