Feminism | Posted by Amanda G on 09/7/2015

From Girl to “Princess”: Experiencing Sexual Harassment for the First Time



It happened a couple of weeks after my 12th birthday. I hadn’t entered high school, I didn’t have my period or a crush on anyone. I was too young to experience the best, empowering parts of my sexuality, but was apparently old enough to experience one of the worst: sexual harassment.

Even though it was a few years ago, I still remember the first incident like it was yesterday. Brace-faced and bespectacled, I set out (with my mother, no less) on a routine trip to the grocery store. It happened not even a full minute before we split up to get different items.

I walked by a man who appeared to be in his thirties. He whistled and said, “Hey there, Princess.”

My immediate reaction was surprise. Before this …

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Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 09/3/2015

The Truth About Gamergate and Online Harassment

“GTFO” directed by Shannon Sun-Higginson

Despite composing the majority of video game players, women are frequently attacked within the gaming community. Though it has persisted for years, this horrifying treatment entered the public consciousness in a largely unprecedented way a year ago with the rise of Gamergate.

“Gamergate,” is “ostensibly concerned with ethics in game journalism and with protecting the ‘gamer’ identity” but in actuality “isn’t much more than a tone-deaf rabble of angry obsessives with a misguided understanding of journalistic ethics,” according to Gawker. Specifically, public female figures in the gaming community — like Zoe Quinn, Anita Sarkeesian and Brianna Wu among others — received rape and death threats and some were even driven from their homes. And the harassment has hardly abated in the intervening months.

“The …

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Feminism | Posted by Chelsea C on 08/19/2015

How I Took A Stand Against Catcalling

Chelsea's anti-catcalling project

Chelsea’s anti-catcalling project

He whistles. “Hey beautiful, look at that ass. Damn, can’t you at least smile?”

I have faced plenty of unfair, gender-based double standards in my life. I’ve been told from a young age to never be alone in public. I’ve been forced to wear skirts down to my knees and shirts that cover my shoulders in school so as to not distract others. I’ve seen too many examples of the sexual objectification of women in the media and, of course, real life.

The double standard I’ve been dealing with most recently, though, is the way I feel I have put effort into dressing a certain way in order to avoid street harassment. Every morning as I’m getting ready to attend my summer classes in NYC, I have …

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Feminism | Posted by Beatrice M on 08/4/2015

It’s Time To Stop Publicly Judging Women’s Bodies

Every form of public harassment has got to go

Every form of public harassment has got to go

One evening last week, I stopped at home after work to change my clothes before dance class. It was a hot day and I wanted to shed my workplace-appropriate pants in favor of more comfortable attire before heading downtown. Wearing shorts, a t-shirt, and sandals, I boarded the subway.

Although there were plenty of open seats on the train, a man quickly sat down right next to me. Even though I was clearly listening to music, he decided to ask me a question. He asked how to transfer to a different train — was a typical one for tourists or people new to the city. I gave him a brief explanation and inserted my headphones back into my ears, thinking nothing …

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Feminism | Posted by Martha H on 07/22/2015

The Case for Criminalizing Street Harassment

Stop street harassment.

This is my thought process before leaving the house: I want to look nice and appreciate fashion, but also know that if I’m going to be on public transport or walking down the street, I must actively check my outfit to be sure it won’t subject me to catcalling.

As a politically-minded, strong person, I would ideally like to make my own choices about everything in my life, including what I wear. I would love to be able to rise above threatening perpetrators of harassment. But in reality, I do regulate my outfit to conform to society’s pressure and avoid the consequences of other’s behavior. I moderate my choices because I’m scared that I will not only get verbally harassed, but that this harassment could lead to …

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Feminism | Posted by Ines R on 07/13/2015

Why What We Wear To Work Actually Matters

How much time do you spend getting ready for work?

I remember watching my mother get ready for work in the mornings as a little girl. Every day she went through the careful, time-consuming process of doing her makeup and selecting a button down shirt to wear beneath a suit (complete with a shoulder-padded blazer, of course). Even when I moved to Washington D.C. for college just two summers ago, women wearing these complicated outfits abounded on Capitol Hill — even in the humid summer weather.

It’s no surprise, then, that these images informed my understanding of “work appropriate” clothing as I dressed for an intern orientation a few weeks ago. And I clearly wasn’t the only one: So many of my fellow female interns wore similar attire, including a …

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Feminism | Posted by Megan G on 03/20/2015

Nightclubs: A Culture of Harassment

The first time I experienced harassment in a club, a man came up behind me and put his hand under my dress and in between my legs. I was horrified. I felt dirty, violated and mortified. As the night went on, however, my feelings changed to anger. How dare he touch me like that without any consent? When my anger reached a boiling point I left the club to get some air and squawked indignantly about what had just happened as soon as I saw my friends. A few minutes later I learned that the same man had grabbed one of my friends bums and then just laughed. It was after this night that I decided to find out more.

It has become clear that my friend and …

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Pop-Culture | Posted by Carolina G on 12/10/2014

Laci Green: The Feminist Best Friend You’ve Always Wanted

Laci Green

If you haven’t already heard of Laci Green, your life is about to change. The 25-year-old sex positivity educator and vlogger is the awesome, feminist big sister you’ve always wanted. And all of her content is just a click away.

Following the success of Laci’s personal Youtube channel, which recently reached 1.17 million subscribers, the self described “sexuality geek” has partnered with MTV to create a new Youtube series called “Braless.” This channel, much like Laci’s personal one, will discuss gender and sexuality issues, but through the lens of pop culture. So far, she has discussed twerking and sexism, censorship on television, and Ferguson. By using real-world examples that are familiar to the MTV audience to approach these topics, Laci is able to …

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