2009 August

Leave my granddaughter alone

Stories, street harassment | on August, 31, 2009 | by | 1 Comments

“My friend’s younger sister was coming home by herself when a guy on the bus began hassling her. An elderly man on the other side of the bus stood up and demanded that the guy ‘leave his granddaughter alone.’ The guy stopped, and got off at the next stop. The elderly man was a stranger.” [...]

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An Ugly Girl’s Story*

Stories | on August, 31, 2009 | by | 13 Comments

I am fat & considered very unattractive. I am often told that I’m a dog/ugly/cow/pig/barked & oinked at by strange men in public. Two men recently followed behind me on the street for several blocks, loudly discussing what they would have to do in order to make me “f***able” (ie. put a bag over my [...]

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An Ugly Girl's Story*

Stories | on August, 31, 2009 | by | 15 Comments

I am fat & considered very unattractive. I am often told that I’m a dog/ugly/cow/pig/barked & oinked at by strange men in public. Two men recently followed behind me on the street for several blocks, loudly discussing what they would have to do in order to make me “f***able” (ie. put a bag over my [...]

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Is it harassment?

Advice, street harassment | on August, 29, 2009 | by | 5 Comments

Many men must know their street harassment behavior is wrong (especially based on how many of them only do it when women are alone or do it in such a way that women can’t react or don’t know which man in the group was the harasser). I think that some men, though, simply have never [...]

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Neighborhood Protectors

News stories | on August, 28, 2009 | by | 0 Comments

The Philadelphia Daily News reported that last week in Philadelphia, PA, a young woman had been waiting at a bus stop to go to work when a man approached her, demanded her purse and cell phone at gun point, then forced her into a nearby alley and sexually assaulted her. When he showed up in [...]

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Toronto man charged after subway sexual assault

News stories | on August, 27, 2009 | by | 3 Comments

Last month around 5 p.m., a man tried to start a conversation with a 28-year-old woman when she boarded a TTC subway train at Coxwell station, in Toronto. From The Star.com: “The man reached out and sexually assaulted the woman after failed attempts to engage her in conversation, she told police. Both the man and [...]

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What about equality in public spaces?

street harassment | on August, 26, 2009 | by | 2 Comments

Today is Women’s Equality Day, a time not only to celebrate the gains we have for which our foremothers fought, but also a time to reflect on all of the areas where women continue to lack equality, including in public spaces. Men who harass and assault women in public spaces – consciously or unconsciously – [...]

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