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Your Call: How should we respond to sexual harassment in public?

from Tatyana Fazlalizadeh's "Stop Telling Women to Smile" poster series


On the November 13th, 2014 edition of Your Call, we'll have a conversation about solutions to the harassment many women face going about their daily lives. Studies show that between 70-99% of women and the LGBTQ community experience everything from lewd comments and groping to flashing and assault. Street harassment is rarely reported, but lately, a number of videos highlighting the issue have been shared online. Does preventing street harassment require a cultural change or a legal one? It's Your Call, with Rose Aguilar, and you.


Laura Beth Nielsen, professor of sociology and the director of the Center for Legal Studies at Northwestern University. She is the author of "License to Harass: Law, Hierarchy and Offensive Public Speech"

Ayesha Siddiqi, Editor-in-Chief of The New Inquiry, a non-profit digital magazine based out of New York

Emily May, co-founder and executive director of Hollaback, an nonprofit organization that gives women, girls, and LGBTQ individuals an empowered, real-time response to street harassment and builds public awareness on why street harassment matters, and how it hurts

Margot Kenney, who was sexually assaulted 3 weeks ago and is harassed on a daily basis. The experience has driven her to speak out about our cultural approach to street harassment and assault. She is marketing manager for an engineering firm in SF

Web Resources:
XoJane: Catcalls are not flattering


The New Inquiry

Mission Local: Woman fed up with assaults, fight back, speak out

10 hours of Walking in NYC as a Woman

NYTimes: Street Harassment Law Would Restrict Intimidating Behavior

QZ: Women of color are upset over the catcalling video—but not why you think

Feministing: Do you know the laws that cover street harassment in your state?

Washington Post: How that viral catcalling video flattened a serious issue into just another Internet meme

Huffington Post: Replacing sexism with racism

The Daily Show: Jessica’s Feminized Atmosphere

Mashable: #DudesGreetingDudes uses humor to prove catcalling isn't just a friendly hello

Storify: Ayesha re: that street harassment video