Tuesday, March 07, 2006

 

About This Blog

Do you remember the Street Harassment Project? Featured in Time Out, the Village Voice, The New York Sun, The Guardian, Alternet, Bitch, Bust and other publications, we took on the rarely-publicly-acknowledged but all-too-common problem of gendered harassment in public spaces. Well ,we're back and better than ever, with a new name to boot: Street Harassment Coalition!

If you visit our old site, you will find stories of harassment from women and girls all over the world and other groups and individuals have taken up the mantle and expanded it: Hollaback NYC takes pictures of harassers with cameraphones and, today, Blank Noise is doing a blog-a-thon on the subject and expects to have TONS of hot bloggers thinking and writing about what women experience everyday. Please visit these awesome gals and support the excellent work they're doing.

We start this blog today because we believe there is one element missing: the everyday-ness of the problem. Sometimes the sharing of stories has made street harassment seem, to those who don't experience it, to be isolated incidents, rather than the cultural and social landscape in which we live our lives, something which impacts our choices, our moods, our participation within and relationship to our communities. That's why the SHC has decided to do a week-blog, focusing on the incidents that take us through our day to day lives, as well as discussion, consideration, analysis, reflection on an issue which, when discussed (rarely) is given short-shrift. Each week will be devoted to one individual's experiences of and thoughts on street harassment. We are really excited to get readers to become bloggers and we welcome experiences from all over the globe. If you are interested in committing a week of harassment to the blogosphere, contact us at aweekinthelife@hotmail.com.

This week we start with me, Erin, a longtime member of the Street Harassment Project, now Street Harassment Coalition. It will be nice to have you with me on the streets, seeing things through my eyes.

Ready?

Comments:
You're right. That's exactly what's missing. The "everyday-ness" of the problem.
 
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