If You Can’t Slap ‘Em, Snap ‘Em!
Nothing ruins my morning quite like hearing a leering stranger mutter his commentary on my appearance under this breath. If you’re a woman who’s ever walked a block or two in a city, you can probably relate.
Trading stories of street harassment with friends, I learned that it doesn’t stop at lewd mumbled comments. I have friends who have been flashed on the street, and even treated to a one-man self-pleasure show while riding the subway.
Well, some women have decided that a sneer and the occasional middle is not enough to fend off these unwelcome advances. Thanks to the sassy ladies at hollabacknyc.blogspot.com, if you have a camera phone, you can now “holla back.”
Holla Back NYC encourages women, “if you can’t slap ‘em, snap ‘em.” Women give street catcallers a taste of their own medicine by snapping a picture and putting it up on the blog, along with their story, for the whole world to see and ridicule.
While I wouldn’t recommend having a photo shoot with the homeless man on the empty subway at 3am, next time your morning commute is spoiled by some un-showered construction worker, get that camera phone out and put the power back in your hands!