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

Philly Has a Street Harasser Who Drapes His Dick in Swiss Cheese

A man in Philadelphia (because of course a man in Philadelphia) has apparently taken serial street harassment (and the phrase "dick cheese") to a whole new level grossness by applying slices of Swiss cheese to his exposed penis and asking women to perform various sex acts. On his cheese-adorned penis. » 1/11/14 1:30pm 1/11/14 1:30pm

Street harassment, sort of

I've been moderating on Jez and Jez-affiliated sites for several years now, which means I've spent a lot of time reading a lot of responses on the site. There's always some that stick with you. There are some worth screencapping in their complete inanity. But there's a particular flavor of comment that I think about… » 1/05/14 9:59pm 1/05/14 9:59pm

Leering Men Have Their Leers Turned Against Them in New Indian Ad

This ad, released exactly one year after the nightmarish gang rape on a bus in New Delhi forced Indian authorities to acknowledge the country's flimsy sexual assault laws and burgeoning rape culture, quite literally forces men to look at how gross and predatory they look when they leer at women in public. The lyrics… » 12/22/13 3:30pm 12/22/13 3:30pm

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

Christine Quinn Can't Be Anti-Street Harassment But Pro-Stop-and-Frisk

Hollaback!, the popular app that allows people to map and share their street harassment stories online, is partnering with Speaker Christine Quinn for a fancy schmancy new targeted system to report sexual harassment to New York City Council Members in real time. Here's the problem: Quinn supports the NYPD's (now… » 8/20/13 2:30pm 8/20/13 2:30pm

Hairy Tights Are Maybe a Thing; Leg Hair Phobia Is Definitely a Thing

An image of a woman in "hairy leg stockings" has gone viral on Sina Weibo (a popular microblogging platform in China, roughly equivalent to Twitter) with the caption "Super sexy, summertime anti-pervert full-leg-of-hair stockings, essential for all young girls going out [emoticon of clapping dinosaur with hearts… » 6/18/13 4:40pm 6/18/13 4:40pm