Woman Confronts Catcallers and Secretly Films Their Reactions

I've always been curious about the psychology behind street harassment: whenever strange men trundle forth out of the shadows to mutter sexy adjectives at me or whenever they effusively waggle their eyebrows and make kissy noises out of moving vehicles, I wonder, "What is the end game here?" Do they think that I'm… » 7/22/14 12:00pm Tuesday 12:00pm

Street Harassment Survey Results Are Depressingly Predictable

Earlier this week, the nonprofit group Stop Street Harassment released the results of a survey about the sort of abuse hurled at people who dare leave the house and go out in public in their human bodies. And, to the surprise of no woman, it showed that most women get catcalled or otherwise bothered by strangers… » 6/06/14 6:20pm 6/06/14 6:20pm

I don't care if "not all men are like that", or, Why I assume the worst

It's sunny here, and this afternoon found me out by the river, choosing a patch of grass near a tree and sitting down to read. As I did so, I took note of the two men hanging out nearby—safe, ordinary guys, I thought. Just two friends enjoying the sunshine like everyone else. Even so, I took the scarf from my… » 3/18/14 10:15pm 3/18/14 10:15pm

Burt's Bees Stupidly Puts 'Let the Catcalling Commence' on Product

Güd, a sub-brand of Burt's Bee's, has released a new sexy lotion. How do we know it's sexy? Because there's a little autumn leaflet on the label that reads, "A sexy moisturizer that leaves you feeling sexy and moisturized." Oh, cool. Thanks for the clarification! While being sexily moisturized is great and all,… » 11/15/13 6:15pm 11/15/13 6:15pm

W. Kamau Bell Hits the Streets to Ask, 'What's So Wrong With a Little…

W. Kamau Bell of FX's Totally Biased hits the streets of New York City to interview both the givers and receivers of street harassment, asking both parties what they think of this game of cat-and-mouse. Not surprisingly, all the women can't fucking stand it, but I was kinda shocked by the bros who were like, "I… » 10/29/12 9:30am 10/29/12 9:30am

Is It Wrong to Call This 20-Year-Old Who Punched a Street Harasser a…

A photo of a woman grinning and flashing the bandaged hand, injured after punching the misogynist sack of shit she overheard threatening to rape a stranger, has amost 56,000 notes on Tumblr and counting. The assailant says she never intended for the image to go viral nor to become a role model for the thousands of… » 7/09/12 2:10pm 7/09/12 2:10pm

Wolf-Whistles and Cat-Calls Still Legal in Europe, Despite What You…

If you're a woman and you've been outside, chances are, someone has whistled, hollered, or muttered "daaaaaaaaaamn" — unsolicited — at you. Street harassment is so prevalent that Hollaback factions have sprung up around the world. Unwanted sexual attention is offensive, irritating, intimidating, depressing and… » 3/08/12 2:50pm 3/08/12 2:50pm

Australian MPs Won't Stop Meowing At Female Politicians

Americans are used to politicians making passive-agressive comments about their opponents and dodging questions on Meet The Press, so the shouting matches that take place during other countries' parliamentary proceedings seem oddly sensible — until legislators start cat-calling each other. Incredibly, just one month » 7/08/11 12:07pm 7/08/11 12:07pm