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Great coverage of the rally, as well as a mention of our ongoing Change.org petition to get a rape crisis center at NYU!
After the rally, Brown expressed, “The rally was an amazing experience for me. To see so many people coming together to stand against street harassment was great, especially as the experience of street harassment is frequently such an isolating one.” Well, hopefully not for long at NYU. During the rally, the Feminist Society was promoting their change.org petition to create a rape crisis center at NYU, in hopes to pressure the university to provide one. Despite having a Health & Wellness Center already at NYU, a Rape Crisis Center will allow for a a safe space for victims who are afraid to speak about their experience and get the necessary and specific help they need.
Thank you so much to everyone at the chalk walk and rally on Saturday – it was a fantastic turn-out – estimated attendance was 300 people!
My friends and I always get harassed while walking down the street. Usually, its while we are alone and going just the two blocks it takes to get to the gym. Men leaning up against the wall or walking by will say things like “Damn Baby” and “How was your workout?” with a nasty tone of voice and a creepy smile.
Sometimes it even happens when we are walking back from getting pizza! Who knew that a pizza box could make you a target for creepy guys.
But we decided that we should try an experiment. When you are training your new puppy not to bite people, you can spray them with a water bottle to help stop the behavior. We want to try the same approach with squirt guns. We are going to buy miniature squirt guns to bring with us on the walk to the gym. If any guy says something, we will spray them in the face with water! Hopefully they will be so shocked that they’ll think twice next time they have the opportunity to catcall at a women.
Sometimes you just have to treat bad behavior with downright discipline.
The chalk walk is less than a month away, and as we gear up for a fantastic rally and event in New York City we wanted to highlight the work that Hollaback! Brussels has already done in Belgium. They have held three chalk walks so far, inviting people to mark up the streets with strong anti-street harassment messages.
For inspiration on what you might want to write on the streets, check out more of their photos and their original post here.
Don’t forget we’ll be having a postermaking and preparation meeting on Monday April 8 at 7PM, so be sure to come along!
Check out our press in NYU student newspaper Washington Square News:
Catie Brown, president and co-founder of The Feminist Society at NYU, commended Fazlalizadeh’s project.
“Campaigning against street harassment is all about reclaiming women’s right to exist in public places,” she said. “We shouldn’t be faced with catcalls and sexual comments from complete strangers just for daring to walk to class.”
The Feminist Society is currently working with Hollaback!, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness about street harassment. Today, The Feminist Society will work with the director of Hollaback!, Emily May, for a workshop on street harassment. In April, the two groups will organize arally in Washington Square Park.
RECLAIM THE STREETS! Street harassment ends here.
On Saturday April 13, join us in Washington Square Park!
At 12pm: We’ll hold a rally with a mix of speakers and performers in Washington Square Park. To speak, sign up here: http://nyc.ihollaback.org/events/
At 2pm, we’ll leave the rally to chalk the streets of New York with positive messages against street harassment. Chalk is provided!
At 5pm: After your hard work has paid off, come to The Half Pint on the corner of Thompson and West 3rd to refuel.
The event is sponsored by Councilmember Julissa Ferreras, Hollaback!, UN Women, the Feminist Society at NYU, STEPS to End Family Violence, “Let your Voice be Heard” radio, Stop Street Harassment, Catcalled, Center for Anti-Violence Education, and more! To co-sponsor this event, sign up here:http://nyc.ihollaback.org/events/
Rain Date: Sunday, April 14, 2013 (2pm-5pm)
Posted on our Facebook Group, this ThoughtCatalog post by Kendall Goodwin has been making the virtual rounds and sums up really well what makes street harassment a horse of a different color when it comes to sexual harassment in general:
A catcall is not like sexual harassment, an unwelcome encounter that happens in the privacy of an office between a male superior and female subordinate. Catcalls, by and large, come from strangers, and happen in public places that not only lend anonymity to the caller but also make it easy to keep the interaction fleeting. A catcall is something that always seems to happen in passing, whether it be men sticking their heads out of moving cars like dogs to shout at a woman, men calling at a woman as she walks past, or a man calling at a woman as he walks past. If you’re being sexually harassed at your job, you know exactly who the harassment is coming from, and you have the option to ask them to stop and even report them if they don’t, with a decent chance that your complaint will be taken seriously. Because of the inherently transient nature of catcalls, you are not given that same opportunity to air your grievances and draw the caller’s attention to the error of their ways. By the time you’re able to say, “Excuse me, sir, but the way that you’re objectifying me is offensive,” they’re already gone. And even if you could, sometimes you just don’t have it in you to instigate a losing battle when all you wanted was to walk to the grocery store in peace.
Time to Hollaback!