Two teams in Cameroon and Afghanistan working with our Safe Public Spaces Mentorship Program! Applications are due August 8th.

More info here: http://www.stopstreetharassment.org/our-work/mentoring-program/

Check out our safe spaces mentoring program

Stop Street Harassment (SSH)’s mentoring program empowers people to consider what efforts might decrease street harassment in their community, and then propose and carry out a project. Across three months, selected activists receive advice, network connections, input, and up to $250 for expenses from SSH. The 2014 period is September 1 through December 1.

sadly-saudi:

Hozier - To Be Alone (live in Kilkenny)

Never feel too good in crowds,

With folks around, when they’re playing

The anthems of rape culture loud,

Crude and proud creatures baying

All I’ve ever done is hide

You should be angry. You must not be bitter. Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. It doesn’t do anything to the object of its displeasure. So use that anger. You write it. You paint it. You dance it. You march it. You vote it. You do everything about it. You talk it. Never stop talking it.
Maya Angelou (via yungwaldorf)
Male privilege may be more obvious in other cultures, but in so-called Western culture it’s still ubiquitous. In fact, it’s so ubiquitous that it’s invisible. It is so pervasive as to be normalized, and so normalized as to be visible only in its absence. The vast, vast, vast majority of institutions, spaces, and subcultures privilege male interests, but because male is the default in this culture, such interests are very often considered ungendered. As a result, we only really notice when something privileges female interests

Lucy Gillam, When Worlds Collide: Fandom and Male Privilege (via fledglingtumult)

And before you argue that this is not true, read the whole article.

(via nurgespenster)

luvablemonsterrr:

Made a sad realization on twitter. These experiences shaped who I am and my attitudes towards men. I’m not the only one with these experiences either. Women are put in an environment where they are prey, where they are victimized for just being. Let us stop ignoring the issues of street harassment and blaming the victims. It effect many people negatively and needs to be addressed. Let’s talk about it.

luvablemonsterrr:

Made a sad realization on twitter. These experiences shaped who I am and my attitudes towards men. I’m not the only one with these experiences either. Women are put in an environment where they are prey, where they are victimized for just being. Let us stop ignoring the issues of street harassment and blaming the victims. It effect many people negatively and needs to be addressed. Let’s talk about it.

Help Stop Street Harassment of Children!

farrensquare:

Sassycrass on twitter, who is behind the “Not All Men” meme and founder of #yourslipisshowing, is brilliant and you should follow her.

Here she outlines a method she uses to intervene when she spots children being street harassed. Super effective method that I’ve used before to help anyone at any age escape a creeper.

Read it, use it, help each other out!

bikeladiesunite:

I’ve noticed my attire seems to prompt certain responses in other road users. How do I know it’s not just an off day? Because I have the ability to change clothes.

I’m called out on my appearance daily as I go about my business on public streets without the cover of a car. Even “ordinary” attire has drawbacks. It’s no surprise most days I find myself dressing to get the reaction I want when I bike. Or at least, the most benign reaction. 

But no matter what I’m wearing it’s still just me: complex, multidimensional, and in awesome shape. 

Bikeyface - “Not Asking For It


the-middle-eastern-feminist:

My body, MY choice! How we dress is not some sort of a secret flirt signal for you to approach us, stalk us, cat call, call out dirty comments that horrify and embarrass us in public or frighten us to walk down a street to get to school or work! Nobody wants to hear your misogynistic, perverted bullshit!

the-middle-eastern-feminist:

My body, MY choice! How we dress is not some sort of a secret flirt signal for you to approach us, stalk us, cat call, call out dirty comments that horrify and embarrass us in public or frighten us to walk down a street to get to school or work! Nobody wants to hear your misogynistic, perverted bullshit!

"I Can't Escape Being Targeted By Him"

This one might be unusual, but there’s a man who lingers outside the mall, who asks me for a date, out of the blue, with no previous eye contact or “welcoming signal” from me of any kind, each and every time I go to the area he lingers in. I say no, and he departs.

So why do I consider it harassment? Because I can’t escape being targeted by him, because he doesn’t care what I happen to be doing (as long as I am alone) and because I think one “no” should be enough. But when I brought it up to others, they had nothing but sympathy for the man, and told me his actions were “natural.”

Really? I’m sorry, but don’t I get a right to privately eat my lunch/text on my phone/stare off into space/do anything I wish without being “zeroed in on” by a man I’ve repeatedly rejected and never asked to approach me in the first place?

- Erika W

Location: Cambridge, MA

venndiaphragms:

Ubiquitous: Diary of a Girl is my final AP Lit project and is intended to spread awareness of the pervasiveness of sexual harrassment in our community. These seven pieces are places and stories where peers have been either physically or verbally sexually harrassed. Don’t let someone else determine how you should be treated. Talk about your right to safety and how to maintain a respectful environment with your loved ones today. You are not alone, you are not at fault and you always deserve to feel safe.

In order: the mall, walking the dog, the beach, the amusement park, church, the grocery store, school

atimepast:

The fact that I had to buy myself a fake engagement ring to help with the harassment I get in the block I walk from my car to work, or the three blocks from work to the bank, is a serious problem.