The First Take Back the Bar of 2014

On January 17th Hollaback! Boston, Boston GLOW, and the Cambridge Women’s Center hosted the first Take Back The Bar of 2014!

take back the bar // hollaback! boston

We were very excited to create a safer space in Boston nightlife after our holiday hiatus. The location, Daisy Buchanan’s, was chosen based off of the Yelp reviews, so we knew it was a good fit for our mission: reclaiming space that has traditionally been unwelcoming. We continue to bring together local allies and individuals who have experienced or witnessed harassment based on gender, size, abilities, race, and orientations while at bars and night clubs to support one another and have a good time.

take back the bar // hollaback! boston

When we arrived at 8pm the bar was fairly empty and we made our way to the back to stake out some tables. After a few familiar faces started to arrive,we welcomed them and caught up over drinks. Over the course of the night we had about 25 people join us; for some it was their first TBTB, and others joined us who had made it to previous events. Throughout the night we felt comfortable meeting new people, discussed instances of harassment that we had all previously experienced as a result of going out to bars and clubs, and enjoyed unwinding after a long week. Although the night was without incident, we were grateful for the support network that we had in place in the form of our awesome posse.

take back the bar // hollaback! boston

In lieu of co-hosting TBTB in February, we will be celebrating at Make Shift Boston for our second HOLLA party: Come As You Are: A Self-Care HOLLAday!

We’re inviting you to join us for a night of pampering and socializing among old friends and new. Come solo, bring a friend, or bring a date (or two)! This event is open to people of all genders, orientations, races, and physical abilities. This is a space for anyone who has ever been made to feel uncomfortable in public space, and allies who are committed to helping create safe public space for ALL.

come as you are // hollaback! boston

We’ll have raffles and activities, which we’ll update as we get closer to the date! This will be an alcohol-free event. Join us at Make Shift Boston from 8:00 PM-11:00 PM for drinks, laughter, fun, self-care, and a whole lotta LOVE!

Dress code: whatever makes you feel your most fabulous, darling.

We are proud to create safer spaces in Boston’s nightlife, and we are dedicated to ending harassment and gender based violence in public space. Thanks to all who attended our first Take Back The Bar of 2014, we hope to see new faces and we’ll continue to reach out to all communities and individuals who are made to feel unsafe in bars and clubs.

Brandie

image credits: 1,4-Hollaback! Boston; 2,3-Brandie Skorker

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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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