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HOLLA On the Go: Sexualized

Over the summer I was in South Station in the afternoon with my dad eating a vanilla soft serve. A 50+ year man walked by, looked me up and down and said “you’ve gotta be fucking kidding me.”

I was 15 and in a tank top and daisy dukes as it was 87 damn degrees outside. Screw old men sexualizing young girls.

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“You got some sexy legs!” | Katia’s Story

I was walking back to my office after having lunch with my favorite coworker when a man stopped me and said “Hey sweetheart!” Normally I wear headphones in public at all times but I didn’t happen to have them on so I kind of stopped and turned but then he added “You got some sexy legs!”

I said “Ugh” somewhat loudly and added “Die in a fire” when a got a little farther down the sidewalk. Gross.

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“I was in my own neighborhood, doing manual labor in an old ski jacket.” | Allison’s Story

I was shoveling out my car after one of our many snowstorms so I could drive out to the suburbs and see my family. Probably my least fun chore, and for a variety of reasons I was more irritated than usual on this particular occasion. Then a pickup truck coming down the road slowed down as it approached me, and as it passed the driver rolled down the windows and the men inside whistled at me. Great, just what I needed.

I mean, I was in no way presenting myself in any way that could command sexual attention. I was in my own neighborhood, doing manual labor in an old ski jacket.

I noticed it was a roofing company, and as the truck drove away I regretted not making a mental note of what the company was. Just my luck, they were servicing a building down the street, so after freeing my car I took a walk to the building’s parking lot.

Unfortunately I will not be contacting them. They’re a small company located in Dedham with only a phone number as their method of contact, and I’m not brave enough for a verbal confrontation on the matter.

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Director’s note: It is not our policy to include names of specific businesses in submitted stories without reaching out to them directly first. We have contacted the company in question and will work with them on Allison’s behalf, and are hopeful for a positive response. –Kate

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“My wife inspired a song about all the gross things men say to women in the street under the guise of giving compliments.” | Damian’s Story

I made a music video about street harassment and I think you folks here would dig it!

I’ve been making hip-hop music for over a decade and, one day, my wife inspired a song about all the gross things men say to women in the street under the guise of giving compliments. It was easy to pen because, growing up in New York City, I’ve heard them all.

The chorus pretty much wrote itself because it’s what my wife would exclaim when she shared the harassment of the day. From our hearts to yours; do everyone a favor, dudes, S T F U!

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“I will never get used to being called a slut every day.” | Laura’s Story

I live about a mile from work and walk to and from the office everyday. It’s winter. I am basically wearing a snow suit. Every single day I am verbally harassed, everything from my ass being complimented (my ass, not me) to men asking me to suck their dick, to being called a cutie, a hottie, and a slut. You’d think I would be used to it by now, but I will never get used to being called a slut every day. It’s very disempowering.

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HOLLA On the Go: One-Sided

Guy tried to talk me up on the train with no provocation on my part.

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“What about this situation made you think that I would respond positively?” | Ivy’s Story

Dear construction workers who yelled at me and then stared at me as I walked down the sidewalk:

I’ve been walking for 15 minutes in this shitty snowy weather. My hair has frozen, and I can barely keep my eyes open because of the wind. What about this situation made you think that I would respond positively to your attempted interaction? Was me glaring at you not enough to suggest that you shouldn’t stare at me?

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HOLLA On the Go: Assume the Worst

He came out of nowhere, seemingly out of the woodwork of the Midway at 5:30 on a Sunday.

“Hey beautiful, this is for you.” He tried to hand me his card. No, thanks.

“Why can’t I give you my card? Why can’t I give you my number, we can’t be friends?” He’s bigger than me, tall and broad, and I can’t see his face beneath his polar-vortex-mandated hat and hood. Only eyes.

He followed me for another two blocks toward my apartment, trying to “make friends.” This is the first time I’ve been harassed in my new neighborhood, and I spent the rest of my walk home suspicious of my neighbors, eyes down, having lost the comfort I’ve felt here since moving in November.

I hate the way street harassment changes my interactions with my community. I hate the way it forces me to assume the worst of my neighbors and fellow Bostonians.

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HOLLA On the Go posts are those submitted through Hollaback!’s mobile apps – learn more here!

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“I wonder how many other folks are harassed before they even get to work in the morning.” | Rosa’s Story

I rarely have a week where I am able to walk the two blocks from the T to my office without men I don’t know making sexual comments to me on the street. A guy whispering that I have “great tits” or yelling that I have “dick sucking lips” as I walk by him makes for a challenging start to the day to say the least. I wonder how many other folks, particularly women, are harassed before they even get to work in the morning.

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“I was made to look like I was overreacting.” | Natalie’s Story

I was taking a walk with a friend of mine in a very quaint seaside town where you would never expect to get harassed. It was a wealthy coastal neighborhood that we both know well and had often spent time walking or sitting on the pier just catching up. As we walked along a bend in the road a man shouted out his car window “I like your boobs!” We were both startled to realize that he had a young boy in his car, presumably his son. My friend made light of it by acknowledging the fact that he was probably talking to my D cup and not her practically flat chest. I was appalled that he thought it was his right to vocalize his completely objectifying opinion especially in front of an impressionable child. It is never okay to speak to another individual in such a dehumanizing way but even more so in front of someone who views you as an example, be it a friend or a child. What’s worse of it that I was made to look like I was overreacting when I told people how I felt about it. Most people who have heard the story laugh and oftentimes ask what I was wearing….What does it matter “what I was wearing”?!
My breasts exist whether I’m wearing a bikini or a sweater and they were not developed for strange men to oogle and definitely not for them to comment on.

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