Holly Kearl

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Recent blog posts written by Holly Kearl

In School or in the Street, Sexual Harassment Is a Daily Problem

“I was walking by, and they were yelling stuff like ‘hey you, hey sexy’ and stuff. And I’m like, what the heck? I was 14 at the time. These guys were in their 20s.” Cheyenne, a 16-year-old girl from Rapid City, South Dakota, shared this with me during a focus group I facilitated. The topic? […]

India: Board the Bus for Women’s safety this week!

In Delhi, India, this week the global human rights organization Breakthrough launched a Board the Bus campaign, which runs through March 8, International Women’s Day. They want women to know that they have the right to occupy public places and suggest that having more women in public places can help reduce harassment. “We’re calling on women who don’t […]

1900s Street Harassment and Lessons for Today

In college, I double majored in history and women’s and gender studies, and I also regularly faced street harassment when I left campus. I had no language to talk about it at the time and I often changed my life to try to avoid it. Given my background, I really appreciate Stanford Professor Dr. Estelle […]

20th Anniversary of An Important Anti-Harassment Book

I spent years feeling annoyed, angry, and scared by gender-based street harassment. In 2007, when I began research for a master’s thesis on the topic, I was very grateful to find the book Back Off: How to Confront and Stop Sexual Harassment and Harassers. This ground-breaking book was authored by Marty Langelan, the former president […]

Steubenville, Victim-Blaming, and Solutions to Rape

Last weekend, two teenage boys who were popular football players from Steubenville, Ohio, were found guilty of raping a teenage girl last summer at a party. In a culture that portrays rapists as scary men in dark alleyways, the boys and many of their friends did not identify what happened as rape and even photographed […]

We Are #Shoutingback Against Street Harassment

@Stephanie_Fiems Running local park while a guy followed me in his truck parking every few exits masturbating as I passed #ShoutingBack“ @VintageRoseJaz walked home when I was 14.Man said “hello pretty lady” ignored him and he replied with “Well fuck you then” #ShoutingBack @unfortunatalie On New Year’s Eve a man with a knife made me […]