Subway flasher gets Hollaback’d

Via Hollaback comes this video of a woman confronting a man who had his penis out, in a condom, and was pressing up against her on an NYC train.

The woman in this video seriously rocks! She turns the tables on her harasser, making it clear she sees what he’s doing, sharing that with the whole train car, and insisting he will be coming with her to see the police. The video’s also a great example of using technology as a tool to fight harassment, as a group of people start taking video and photos of the flasher in question. And I think it’s a testament to the success of programs like Hollaback – I don’t know what inspired this particular woman to stand up to her harasser, but it’s certainly heartening to know this action is part of a larger movement of people who won’t accept this kind of behavior any more.

(You can’t see the penis in question in the video, but the audio may be NSFW.)

Partial transcript after the jump.


“Let me see your penis.”
“Yeah, I’m serious. You know and I was like why is this person keep pressing up against me and I realize you have all this fucking space here and then I see his penis out. That’s it. Oh you’re getting fucking arrested. I’m not leaving your side. My plans are done for tonight. I’m escorting you to the police station. Where the fuck is the conductor?”
“Oh this shit’s going on YouTube yo.”
“Where is the conductor?”
“Let me take a picture of the penis with a condom.”
“Oh it’s there alright.”
“Penis with a condom.”

Boston, MA

Jos Truitt is Executive Director of Development at Feministing. She joined the team in July 2009, became an Editor in August 2011, and Executive Director in September 2013. She writes about a range of topics including transgender issues, abortion access, and media representation. Jos first got involved with organizing when she led a walk out against the Iraq war at her high school, the Boston Arts Academy. She was introduced to the reproductive justice movement while at Hampshire College, where she organized the Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program’s annual reproductive justice conference. She has worked on the National Abortion Federation’s hotline, was a Field Organizer at Choice USA, and has volunteered as a Pro-Choice Clinic Escort. Jos has written for publications including The Guardian, Bilerico, RH Reality Check, Metro Weekly, and the Columbia Journalism Review. She has spoken and trained at numerous national conferences and college campuses about trans issues, reproductive justice, blogging, feminism, and grassroots organizing. Jos completed her MFA in Printmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute in Spring 2013. In her "spare time" she likes to bake and work on projects about mermaids.

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  • devoted_toucan

    Meh. I’m really happy that she spoke out and took action, but at the same time the man could have what is actually defined as a mental illness (frotteurism). I get quite torn when the person who commits the crime has a mental disorder. Of course their crime shouldn’t go unpunished, but I don’t usually feel like whooping about it. Still, good for her.

    • http://feministing.com/members/thedelphiad/ Dom

      People with mental illnesses who commit crimes need treatment. Frotteurism is a crime known as “sexual assault”. Society shouldn’t have to suffer and bringing these people to the police can be a good way for them to get the treatment they need to not bother innocent women. Of course, police have to have training to deal with the mentally ill, as well. That’s a whole topic right there.