You’re walking down the street, minding your own business, when all of a sudden a man you thought was a perfectly respectable commuter leans in and asks you to do unspeakable things to him in the back of the bus. What do you do? How about warning the rest of us gals?
by Caroline Gutierrez HollaBack allows you to do just that. Post your stories — complete with cell phone pictures if you can snap ’em — of street harassment and read others’ tales of woe. Postings are anonymous, keeping the identities of women safe. But some say this can impede on the rights of men who may not have done anything wrong in the first place. There are HollaBack websites for several regions, including New York City, Chicago, Canada, California, Texas, Seattle, Miami, Arkansas, and several others. Each website is operated independently by women who are tired of being objectified daily. “Hollaback NYC has given me back what was brutally taken from me, and that is my respect and my power,” said HollaBack contributor “Katie.” “It sickens me to think that these men think they have a right to demean a woman like that.”