You might remember anti-street harassment activist Holly Kearl from her Feministing Five interview back in April. Holly is the founder of the blog Stop Street Harassment and her book Stop Street Harassment: Making Public Places Safe and Welcoming for Women, is now available online. Here’s a taste:
Street harassment is about power, not sexual attraction. When women come into contact with street harassers, they only know one thing: this man made an unsolicited sexual advance. What will he do next? For the millions of women who experience harassment every day, it is not surprising that street harassment can quickly manifest itself into the fear of being at risk for assault or rape. These fears seep into women’s lives and corrode their sense of security. We have collected hundreds of stories of women who have changed their commutes or their clothes in hopes of escaping harassment. This mental, physical, and emotional strain should not be accepted as part of being a woman or living in a city.
Want to read more? The foreword and introduction are available here.
If you would like to meet Holly and hear her talk about street harassment, why it matters and how to end it, then get yourself down to George Washington University on September 2nd or to Bluestockings book store in NYC on September 10. Holly will be speaking, along with local feminists activists, and she’ll be signing copies of the book.