Holla Back!

Street harassment is a topic that often gets ignored when engaging in discussions surrounding sexualized violence yet it is a very real phenomenon. Street harassment is an explicit manifestation of the larger oppressive social systems of patriarchy and sexism affecting all of us, but more specifically women of color (and the LGBTQ community).The act is a perpetuation of  a culture that glorifies hyper-masculine aggression and gives men a false sense of entitlement over women’s bodies. Many individuals are often afraid of saying anything while getting harassed for fear of violence or confrontation. There have been several blogs and websites created with the intent to provide safe spaces for victims to tell their stories of street harassment and “holla back” against disrespectful words and gestures hurled at them in the street. Also some provide ways and tactics of dealing with street harassers.

 

Here’s some links to a few websites:

http://www.ihollaback.org/

http://streetharassment.wordpress.com/

http://www.stopstreetharassment.com/

 

Also, here is a really awesome poem/short film about the topic:

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