2009 November

80-100% of women are street harassed

Resources, Stories, street harassment | on November, 30, 2009 | by | 2 Comments

Various studies show that 80 to 100 percent of women have experienced street harassment. A significant percentage of women say this regularly happens to them on public transportation. Summaries of three of 11 recent studies include: A 2002 survey of Beijing, China, citizens showed that 70 percent had been subjected to a form of sexual [...]

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An underlying fear of rape

Events, street harassment | on November, 25, 2009 | by | 2 Comments

“A world without rapists would be a world in which women moved freely without fear of men. That some men rape provides a sufficient threat to keep all women in a constant state of intimidation, forever conscious of the knowledge that the biological tool must be held in awe, for it may turn to weapon [...]

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“I am not your sista”

Stories, street harassment | on November, 25, 2009 | by | 9 Comments

I’m a Black woman, and I hate the familiarity some Black men who are strangers use toward me. I had just gotten off the bus to go to work this morning, feeling drowsy and out of it. I see this delivery guy wheeling cartons of liquor into one of the restaurants, and he leans in [...]

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“Never Wanted to Be A Princess”

Stories, street harassment | on November, 24, 2009 | by | 0 Comments

Saturday, Nov. 21st around 4 p.m. near City Hall in NYC, I got out of the subway and was running late to meet my boyfriend. A couple of men passed me and one said, “You have a nice holiday now!” (which while weird, isn’t so bad) as I passed him he followed up with, “I [...]

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Harassment Hotline

Advice, street harassment | on November, 23, 2009 | by | 3 Comments

Should employers be responsible if their employees harass women in public, while the employee is on the job? Recently I read Deborah Thompson’s article “‘The Woman in the Street:’ Reclaiming the Public Space from Sexual Harassment” (a 1994 article in the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism) and I like her ideas on this topic. [...]

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Transgender Day of Remembrance

Events, street harassment | on November, 20, 2009 | by | 0 Comments

This has been Transgender Awareness Week and today is Transgender Day of Remembrance. “Said Lambda Legal Executive Director Kevin Cathcart, ‘In all the work we do at Lambda Legal, we are fighting for a basic principle: everyone has the right to be true to their sexuality, gender identity and gender expression and to live, work [...]

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Hearing on NYC Subway Harassment

News stories | on November, 20, 2009 | by | 0 Comments

Earlier this week I called out the New York Times for trying to compare street harassment to loud cell phone talkers and said I hoped one day they would address the problem of street harassment in a serious way. Lo and behold, yesterday they covered harassment on public transportation. The New York Times reported on [...]

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