Lightening up: Enjoy!

Happy Saturday evening Hollabackers! Today I’ve popped some engaging articles, projects and interesting videos up for you to enjoy! Not all are about street harassment – we’re just running the pop culture gauntlet of feminist fun!


Watch this video of Anne Hathaway SHUTTING DOWN a creepy and objectifying morning show host: Seriously watch it, Hathaway gives a wonderfully complex response to his uncomfortable questioning about a wardrobe malfunction. Then read this commentary from Jezebel!

“Well, it was obviously an unfortunate incident. Um, I think— It kinda made me sad on two accounts. One was that I was very sad that we live in an age when someone takes a picture of another person in a vulnerable moment and, rather than delete it, and do the decent thing, sells it. And I’m sorry that we live in a culture that commodifies sexuality of unwilling participants, which brings us back to Les Mis, because that’s what my character is—she is someone who is forced to sell sex to benefit her child, because she has nothing and there’s no social safety net. And I— Yeah, so, um, so let’s get back to Les Mis.”


Why is this focused on how the victim should respond instead of targeting harassers? Mind boggling. Source:

Why is this focused on how the victim should respond instead of targeting harassers? Mind boggling. Source: Annie Mole

From xoJane On drive-by oinking and why we judge the victim: aka why it’s unproductive to punish yourself for not responding a certain way to harassment!

“The victim of a drive-by oinking who whips out a doughnut and eats it with a sneer, that’s the kind of person I’d like to imagine I am, but it’s really not. And the more we convince ourselves that we’d be the doughnut-eaters, police-callers, middle-finger-raisers, hollabackers, and reporting to human resources-ers of the world, the harder it is for us to have sympathy for victims who don’t do these things.”

HB1 Construction Workers

Not ok on so many levels… source.


Check out Tatyana Faslalizadeh’s street art project Stop Telling Women to SmileBrilliant and beautiful! Also, her Tumblr.


And finally, for those of you who like a little Ryan Gosling in your life! Check out Ryan ranting about the rating given by the MPAA for his film Blue Valentine, with Michelle Williams. According to the Gos the film was given a higher rating because it depicted a woman enjoying sex. Which, well, we see men do on camera all the time.

“There is something very distorted about this reality that they’ve created, which is that it is OK to torture women on screen…Any kind of violence towards women in a sexual scenario is fine. But give a woman pleasure, no way. Not a chance. That’s pornography.”


Happy Saturday Evening!

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