So I actually first saw this campaign, Hollaback, one whole day ago riding the red line to Harvard Square in Boston. I loved the message but definitely thought that this campaign wouldn’t really take root since it’s seen as a combatant against something that’s not necessarily pervasive: street harassment.
Maybe it’s because Harvard square isn’t exactly a hotbed of seedy characters hanging around catcalling or maybe it’s because one of the biggest responses to #YesAllWomen a while back was the #NotAllMen hashtag. And, thankfully, that’s true. Not all men are fucking creepy, pushy, seemingly entitled assholes like the guys in this video. But to all of you out there thinking that street harassment – whether it range from a simple whistle to an actual groping (fancy word for “assault”) – isn’t nearly as bad as all these women make it out to be, watch the damn video. It’s worse.
I can honestly say this doesn’t happen every time I go out. Yes, it does occur more often (in my experiences) in certain areas that are usually not as “nice” as other parts of the city. But you know what? This still happens way too much. When it does, it’s terrifying. Literally. The one time I decided to stand up for myself and talk back, my heart almost beat out of my chest. I literally ran every last step and took the long way home in case they were following me. Do you want your sisters, cousins, mothers, or daughters to have to experience that?
I also understand that our readership is, in fact, not totally made up of giant dickheads like the losers in this vid. Thank you for not doing that, honestly. But I ask you to actually consider ‘joining’ in this campaign and telling any guy you see harassing a woman to fuck the fuck off. You can even quote me.
If you want more information on how to end street harassment, visit ihollaback.org..