Here’s some good news: Lauredhel of Hoyden About Town has opened up a HollaBack franchise serving Australia’s harassed masses. The “pillocks, numpties, asshats and douchebags of the Australian streets” are hereby on notice.
HollaBack, in case you were on vacation the day Al Gore invented the Internet, is a “global social movement“ consisting of websites that publish the blurry cellphone photos you take of the jagoffs who harass you on the street. You send’em a brief account of your brush with pervitude, then sit back with a pitcher of margs and a fattie while your photo wends its way throughout the World Wide Web. HollaBack also has handy links about street harassment and is entertaining, edifying and deeply gratifying.
Used to be there was only one HollaBack, HollaBackNYC, which is where I sent my photo of ”King Leer.“ Localized HollaBack branches have since sprung up all over the world (see any HollaBack site to find the branch office nearest you). It is my policy to photograph, with intent to disparage, any dude I encounter who wields his manly privilege at me or my posse, and I encourage one and all to do the same.
The scheme is Spinster Aunt approved; it’s non-violent resistance!
For extra credit, check out:
1. sajbrfems’ “52 Acts of Cyberfeminist Creativity,” art related to the HollaBack concept.
2. At HollaBackNYC, Jessica Valenti youtubes (it may as well be a verb; everything else is) a sad tale of subway harassment entitled ”Fuck You Public Perverts.“