Introducing: L!

“Introducing” is an ongoing series in which we ask bloggers, activists, allies, entrepreneurs and assorted Bostonians about their inspirations, motivations, super powers and experiences with street harassment. If you know someone you think we should feature here, please drop us a line!

“L” is a friend of Hollaback! Boston who blogs anonymously at 5 Cities 6 Women, and preferred to share her experiences under her blogging initial as well. Here’s the scoop.

Tell us about yourself – what are you into? I am a thirty-something librarian/archivist who enjoys good old school punk rock, fixing up my house, hanging out with my dog, husband, and friends. I also enjoy cooking, good scotch, and a healthy debate. I do not sew, knit, or craft, and am happy with this fact. I do excel in sarcasm and am not afraid to clobber people at Trivial Pursuit. I also enjoy the use of oxford commas.

Define your style: Classic with a twist. I like to surprise people. It keeps life interesting. My greatest fear might be that I would be considered boring and unfunny.

Favorite Boston fact: The Boston Massacre happened because a wig apprentice called out a British lieutenant because he had not paid his master’s bill. For real.

Your favorite place in Boston? Tough one but probably Salem Street in the North End. Katie [of 5 Cities 6 Women] and I lived in the North End for three years and there is something about the area that reminds me of being young and having barely any responsibility.

Have you experienced/witnessed street harassment in Boston? What stood out most in your memory? I have – mostly jeers and callouts. I do remember rocking a pair of awesome striped dickies (the pants not the fake turtleneck thingy) and some guy and his friends making fun of me in Fanueil Hall. I turned around and then lectured these young men on various fashions over time. I basically just talked over him until he shut up and backed away. Basically I convinced him that not only was I slightly crazy…I was a know-it-all as well.

What’s your signature response to street harassment – your go-to Hollaback? Depends on the situation but usually a four letter word accompanied by how proud their mother must be that they learned to not drink out of the toilet.

Your superpower is… I am extremely good at finding my car in crowded parking lots.

What are you excited about in 2013? Possibly getting rid of the lovely floral linoleum tile in our kitchen and putting hardwood down. Living in the suburbs has mellowed me a bit apparently.

What inspires you? My awesome friends both female and male. Smart people who take chances and call others out on bullshit. And a really good soft serve sundae.

If you could leave the world one piece of advice, what would it be? Do the best that you can every day and if someone complains, smile gracefully and think, fuck ‘em.

Thank you, L!


We actively denounce the notion that street harassment is culturally accepted and that victims somehow "deserve" it. Through raising awareness and sharing experiences, we hope to put an end to catcalling, groping, stalking, public masturbation, assaults, racial slurs, and other forms of street harassment. Because we believe we have the power to create a world where we can feel hot, confident, and badass, while still feeling safe!

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