2012 July

“No one should make you feel uncomfortable”

Stories, street harassment | on July, 31, 2012 | by | 1 Comments

My fellow commuters looked at me like I was crazy when I stopped to snap a photo of this sign at the Farragut West Metro station in Washington, DC. But that’s because, as readers of the blog know, with Collective Action for Safe Spaces, I helped get this anti-harassment campaign going and I had not [...]

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“As women, it’s exhausting to constantly have to be on edge”

Stories, street harassment | on July, 30, 2012 | by | 2 Comments

I went out for a low-key night with a friend in a relatively safe, family friendly area of D.C. We bought ice cream and were enjoying eating and walking down the street, until a group of men (you know the type: reclining, legs spread apart, hands on their crotches, basking in their privilege) began shouting [...]

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Harassed in Fort Wayne, IN

Stories | on July, 27, 2012 | by | 3 Comments

While street harassment is pretty common for me now (unfortunately), this situation continues to make me uncomfortable and is escalating into fear. This happens in many places, but mostly before or after school. There is an older boy (a junior or senior) in my marching band that decided to hit on me last year. I [...]

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Egyptians Mobilize Against Sexual Harassment

street harassment | on July, 27, 2012 | by | 0 Comments

Photos from the event: “On a hot Sunday night in Cairo, a woman wearing jeans, a loose black sweater, and a white hijab stood on an outdoor stage, quietly speaking into a microphone to share her experiences of sexual violence. Only by standing with her back to the audience of more than 100 people could [...]

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Belgium Documentary: “Femme de la rue”

street harassment | on July, 27, 2012 | by | 7 Comments

College student Sofie Peeters decided to focus her thesis on sexism in the streets of Brussels (AKA street harassment) and created a documentary about it. Here is a preview of it, Femme de la rue. Share on Facebook

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“Then of course they harassed us”

Stories, street harassment | on July, 26, 2012 | by | 1 Comments

Around midnight on Saturday, a new female friend and I walked one block to a pub in Elmswell, UK, so we could use the restroom. We were back early from a wedding reception to “decorate” our friend’s (the bride) camper and we were locked out of the house until everyone else returned. We chatted and [...]

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I Rode the Ladies-Only Subway Car in Cairo

street harassment | on July, 25, 2012 | by | 1 Comments

Recently I went to Egypt for a vacation with my dad. It was a great trip full of history, culture, and meetings with anti-street harassment activists. When we had two hours free on our last afternoon, I suggested we take a subway ride. I’ve spoken, read, and written about women-only public transportation for years, but [...]

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