2009 October

“So I have blue eyes. So I’m young. So I’m alone. So What. Stop harassing me, please!”

Stories, street harassment | on October, 30, 2009 | by | 2 Comments

I am a young teacher who lives in a western EU country. I dress in attractive but fairly conservative clothes daily, usually with a nice pair of plain high-heeled shoes or boots. I have a “good figure” but a plain face; I’m really not very pretty or beautiful, just young. I’m single by choice for [...]

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Leave us alone

Stories, street harassment | on October, 28, 2009 | by | 2 Comments

Last Friday my partner and I adopted a shelter dog. He loves running and so do I, so I’ve taken him running with me for a few miles several times. I live in an area where thankfully I am rarely harassed while running. Two of the times I’ve taken my dog running with me, however,  [...]

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The cost of living in a patriarchal society

News stories | on October, 27, 2009 | by | 4 Comments

On Saturday, a group of teenage boys gang raped a 15 year old girl for two-and-a-half hours outside a high school homecoming dance in Northern California. Police say as many as four teenage boys raped her and probably as many as 15 boys stood around watching, doing nothing to stop it or help her. CNN [...]

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Followed home from class

Stories, street harassment | on October, 26, 2009 | by | 0 Comments

Once, I was walking home from class, and a man in a car starting making cat calls at me. Then, he followed me in his car, pulled over, got out and started calling after me some more. This was in the middle of the day on a busy street. I took my cell phone out [...]

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Help Bring RightRides to Washington DC!

hollaback | on October, 23, 2009 | by | 0 Comments

(Cross-posted from HollaBack DC) How much would you love to see safe, free rides for women and LGBTQ  individuals on weekends through a partnership with Holla Back DC! and Zipcar?  Wouldn’t that be cool?  Well, we want to bring a  RightRides chapter to the DC metro area. To make this a reality, Holla Back DC! is [...]

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Shake your breasts

News stories | on October, 21, 2009 | by | 4 Comments

In Mogadishu, Somalia, there are Muslim extremists patrolling the streets and whipping people acting “inappropriately.” For men, this means not having a beard. For women, this means wearing a bra. Someone can look at a man and determine if he has a beard or not. To find out if women “have natural firmness or if [...]

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The real question is why do men street harass?

News stories, street harassment | on October, 21, 2009 | by | 1 Comments

“Why Do Men Catcall?” is an article currently on Alternet.org’s homepage.  The topic of why men harass and abuse women makes me mad – just ask my male partner how I behaved toward him during the week when I was writing my chapter on why men street harass women. I’ll save you the trouble and [...]

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