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Living in a huge urban center like New York City means that catcalls and whistles, unwanted greetings and gestures, can, unfortunately, come at you any time of the day or night. Case in point: I left my bartending job at 1 pm IN THE AFTERNOON yesterday, after working an all-night rave that rendered me exhausted, voice-less and wanting to buy an apple from the corner fruit stand just to chuck it at a passing police siren. In other words, I looked rough. So to the ... Read More
Jessica Williams has a gift when it comes to appealing to the everyday feminist. Her segment from last Thursday's episode of The Daily Show highlights the issue of catcalling and street harassment. Showing how completely ordinary harassment is, Williams brings a camera along on her way to work. She gets catcalled by construction workers and a security guard. Just like Williams, getting the horny clap of approval from any guy does not improve my day, it actually ... Read More
  In the immortal words of TLC, a scrub is a guy who "hangs out the passenger side of his best friends ride trying to holler at me" (us). I'd like to add an addendum to this sage lyric: a scrub is also a guy that doesn’t only holler out of the window of a car, but even just when a lady is walking down the street. I’ve always wondered what goes through these annoying sickos' heads when they yell things like “Ay, mami,” or “C'mon, ... Read More
There’s a brand-new building going up in my neighborhood, about a block from my subway stop. I’m not even going to bother explaining what that means. If you're a woman, you know the deal. As I approach, I feel my shoulders rounding forward, my gait shortening and shuffling. My eyes are Super-Glued to the sidewalk. I want to hide, but I can’t get to the subway unless I go down this particular block, and here they are, and here comes the low whistle ... Read More
A worldwide movement to end street harassment through crowd-sourcing called 'Hollaback!' has launched a petition on Change.org, demanding that Rush Limbaugh apologize for the ridiculously insensitive statements he made on his show last night concerning street harassment: "The first way to deal with this that came into my mind, is you find yourself staring, looking at, casually glancing at a woman, but you know that it's now socially taboo. You shouldn't be doing ... Read More
  "Untitled, Brewerytown"   Hannah Price grew up in Fort Collins, Colorado and had never truly experienced street harassment until she moved to Philadelphia.  If you’ve ever walked around in a big city (New York is definitely no exception), you’ve felt the horrible effects of street harassment.  Street harassment makes you feel like that nightmare we’ve all had where you step into class or your office and realize ... Read More
I think I was 12 the first time I was called a slut. Maybe 14, because I recall having faded purple hair and wearing a Tripp miniskirt at the time, but young enough where the only thing I could do was go to a strip mall with friends, my mom’s cell phone in my pocket. And I remember standing at a street corner with my fellow baby-teens when a pair of guys pulled up to us, desperately trying to get our attention, before declaring that we were a bunch of ... Read More
Street harassment is so common in New York, it's practically a pandemic. It's so common that I walked from the 28th subway to BUST HQ's on 27th (that's a block) and got cat-called five times today. And it's raining. Goddamn, don't these men have jobs? Apparently the thing topping their to-do list is 'YELL AT WOMEN ON STREET' followed by the less important, but equally creepy, tasks of: 'hide in bushes & wait' and 'make lots of calls from a blocked number where ... Read More
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