Introducing: Holly!

“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!

introducing: holly! // hollaback! boston

Holly is the imagination behind Holly Dolly, and a corresponding Etsy shop; for even more from Holly, hop over to instagram, pinterest and twitter. Enjoy!

You blog over at Holly Dolly, and have an Etsy shop filled with amazing bows – tell us more. What else are you into? I went to school for fashion and love to sew. I’ve been making a lot of handmade clothes for myself lately, in addition to the jewelry and accessories that I sell in my shop. It’s been a lot of fun!

Define your style: A bit all over there. A little girly, a little hipster, a little quirky.

Favorite Boston fact: Boston is home to the first public park and the first subway system.

Your favorite place in Boston? I really love my neighborhood – Davis Square. But my Husband I also love to spend a warm day walking through the North End and along the Battery Wharf Harborwalk.

Have you experienced/witnessed street harassment in Boston? What stood out most in your memory? Taking my outfit photos in public places, I have experienced it here and there. Most recently, I was taking some photos of my outfit in the North End, when a car full of young guys drove by. One of the guys rolled down the window, and screamed at me – “take a picture of my d**k.” I mean, seriously?!

What’s your signature response to street harassment – your go-to Hollaback? Typically, just a glare and look of incredible disgust, accompanied by an “ew” or “how disgusting.”

Your superpower is… Speed sewing.

What are you excited about in 2013? I have a bunch of friends getting married in 2013. So I’m excited for lots of parties, good food, and the best company!

What inspires you? All the amazing girls (and guys, too!) That I’ve met through the Boston blogging community. Everyone is so supportive!

If you could leave the world one piece of advice, what would it be? Always be true to yourself! And never let anyone change you or define you.

Thanks, Holly!

image credit: Holly Dolly Blog


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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