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Survey Time!!

Drumroll, please…

Introducing Hollaback’s international street harassment survey!!! Please help us out by completing the survey, and sending the link out to people you know, whether they’ve heard of our movement or not. We’re asking that only adults fill out the survey, so please try not to send to folks under age 18. Our goal is to have 100 (or more!) responses by mid-December.

The flyer below contains more information about the survey and the process. Any general questions can be directed to us at twincities@ihollaback.org. If you want information about the survey itself you can email Prof. Beth Livingston at BAL93@cornell.edu.

Here’s the survey link: https://jfe.qualtrics.com/form/SV_erKER2rvjdbSRMN

Thank you for your assistance in helping us end street harassment!

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News

New Street Harassment PSA Goes Viral

A new street harassment PSA was released yesterday and it’s gone viral. Rob Bliss, director of the PSA, spent ten hours with a hidden camera following a volunteer as she walked down the streets of Manhattan. She was harassed 108 times during those ten hours (not including winks and whistles). The results were shocking to many, but not entirely surprising to those of us who have been harassed and/or are part of the anti-street harassment movement. Watch the video:

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As expected there are many people commenting on the video, insisting that most of what happens in the video is just men being friendly and/or giving the woman a compliment (which they should just graciously accept, gawl darn it). Except they’re not “being friendly” with anyone else in the video – and certainly not any men – which tells us that it’s not about being friendly and IS about targeting this woman. As one wise commenter said, these situations are lose-lose for women. If they don’t respond to harassment they’re being rude (and they’re to blame for the response they get/don’t get for being rude) and if they do respond they’re STILL responsible for whatever happens to them after they respond.

For those who still don’t get why this is harassment, the definition of the word harass, from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary (online):

Harass

transitive verb

a :  exhaust, fatigue

b (1) :  to annoy persistently (2) :  to create an unpleasant or hostile situation for especially by uninvited and unwelcome verbal or physical conduct

That bold text right there – exactly what the men in this video were doing.

For more information about the PSA check out Hollaback’s post on it here.

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Your Stories

Rach’s Story: “I was so offended that somebody could possibly think it was okay for them to put their hands on my body without my consent, like I was public property”

I was at a bar with my friends one night, just trying to enjoy a night out after Uni exams. There was a dance floor and I just wanted to relax and dance with the girls from my house. But of course, somebody had to come along and ruin my night. I was dancing, when all of a sudden, I felt a pinch on my butt. I turned around and there was some guy, hand still attached, staring all wide eyed at me. I honestly didn’t know what to say, I was so offended that somebody could possibly think it was okay for them to put their hands on my body without my consent, like I was public property. Looking back, I wish I had reacted in some way, at least given him the finger. Instead, I maintained eye contact with a disgusted look on my face until he looked away and disappeared into the crowd. When I was about to leave a few hours later, he had the nerve to come up to me and ask for my number. It was about 2 in the morning, and if I hadn’t been with my friends, I would have felt very scared. I hate the fact that this experience rings through my mind every time I want to go out and have a good time.

I've got your back!
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Your Stories

Mel’s Story: “I have too many stories…”

I have too many stories to even relate one in particular. When articles about street harassment became more prevalent through social media, I forwarded tales of those women’s experiences to my husband with a simple message, THIS HAPPENS TO ME TOO. Of course he had heard of street harassment but he never thought I would be a victim of those unwanted cat-calls. The unprovoked whistlers. The rubber-neckers. When women say this behavior is not okay, we’re bitches or teases. It’s time for everyone, men included, to recognize and vocalize that it is not okay for a woman to live in constant fear of someday being on the receiving end when words turn into action – into violence.

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Monday Morning Meme

Monday Morning Meme

 

Here is this week’s Monday Morning Meme

 

 no one ever

 

Source: fuck-yeah-feminist-tumblr.com

 

Do you have a meme or other image that you’d like us to feature? Email us at twincities@ihollaback.org.

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Tools and Resources

Awesome New Resource!

A new report released yesterday offers the first ever global legal resource on street harassment. Led by the great folks at Hollaback! and the Thomson Reuters Foundation and coordinated by global law firm DLA Piper, the “Know Your Rights” guide compiles the latest legal definitions and information on all forms of street harassment across 22 countries and in 12 languages. The guide involved the efforts of 11 legal teams working in collaboration around the world.

Check out the FAQ on the guide here, and download a PDF of the guide here: Street Harassment – Know Your Rights.

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Your Stories

Ami’s Story: Creepy Guy in NE

I was walking down Central Ave NE this past Sunday when a man came out of a store  and started talking to me. It was a bit hard to understand him as he was mumbling, but it sounded like he said “hey you” or “hey beautiful.” He asked where I was going and followed me for a step or two. I ignored him, turned the corner, and started walking faster, eventually turning into an alleyway behind the stores/houses on Central. The guy didn’t seem dangerous, but he was certainly creepy.

I've got your back!
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Monday Morning Meme

Monday Morning Meme

 

Here is this week’s Monday Morning Meme

 

 my name is not hey baby

 

Source: Stop Street Harassment

 

Do you have a meme or other image that you’d like us to feature? Email us at twincities@ihollaback.org.

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