Women fight back with Mobile Social Media
Reprinted from mobilejones.com
Hollaback NYC is a blog dedicated to the fame of men who harass women on the street. The site's tagline says it all, "If you can't Slap 'em, Snap 'em!"
Holla Back NYC empowers New Yorkers to Holla Back at street harassers. Whether you're commuting, lunching, partying, dancing, walking, chilling, drinking, or sunning, you have the right to feel safe, confident, and sexy, without being the object of some turd's fantasy. So stop walkin' on and Holla Back: Send us pics of street harassers!
The blog is complete with cameraphone snaps of the offenders who catcall as women walk past.
In India, street harassment is called "Eve Teasing." It's a horrible euphemism for catcalling, grabbing or groping women on the streets or in public transportation. The Blank Noise Project called for a blogburst hoping that women sharing their humiliation and anger via blogs would provide visibility to the distrubing practice.
Blank- that which is not allowed meaning, form or articulation. Noise- that which heightens, builds itself. Eve Teasing as the name suggests,is considered a joke, a prank.Eve Teasing is street sexual harassment. The project seeks to recognize eve teasing as a sexual crime and establish the issue as something that may be normal, but is unacceptable. The Blank Noise project works both online and on the streets of Bangalore, Mumbai , Delhi. We invite you to come along!
This is a great example of how anger plus social media can turn into action. Fed up? Then shout out - or snap 'em!