Stop Street Harassment: Making Public Places Safe and Welcoming for Women

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ABC-CLIO, 2010 - Health & Fitness - 236 pages
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Street harassment is generally dismissed as harmless, but in reality, it causes women to feel unsafe in public, at least sometimes. To achieve true gender equality, it must come to an end. "Stop Street Harassment: Making Public Places Safe and Welcoming for Women" draws on academic studies, informal surveys, news articles, and interviews with activists to explore the practice's definition and prevalence, the societal contexts in which it occurs, and the role of factors such as race and sexual orientation. Perhaps more crucially, the book makes clear how women experience street harassment--how they feel about and respond to it--and the ways it negatively impacts lives.

But understanding is only a beginning. In the second half of the book, readers will find concrete strategies for dealing with street harassers and ways to become involved in working to end this all-too-common violation. Educators, counselors, parents, and other concerned individuals will discover resources for teaching about harassment and modeling behavior that will help prevent harassment incidents.


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As encouraging as some of the stories from these excerpts seem, I dont believe theyre all the wises choices to make! Approaching the vehicle of a harasser is a big mistake and could result in getting yourself kidnapped or killed! Its one thing to confront a harasser and point out their wrongdoing! Its great to make them feel stupid and idiotic, but the worst thing to do is approach their vehicle, approach them too closely or spend an extended amount of time engaging with them! Really? pull out a book and interview them? Thats ridiculous! 

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Holly Kearl is an activist, writer, and non-profit professional in the Washington, DC-area. Holly is author of the Stop Street Harassment: Making Public Places Safe and Welcoming for Women (Praeger, 2010) and co-author of a national report on sexual harassment in grades 7-12, Crossing the Line: Sexual Harassment at School (AAUW, 2011). She founded Stop Street Harassment and International Anti-Street Harassment Week. Since 2007 she's worked for the gender-equity nonprofit AAUW. Holly regularly speaks and writes/blogs on these topics. Her work has been cited by the United Nations, NYC Council, BBC News, New York Times, CNN, Associated Press, NPR, Washington Post, Guardian, Ms. magazine, Cosmo magazine, ABC News, Feministing, and Jezebel. Holly received a master's in public policy and women's studies from George Washington University and BA degrees in history and women's studies from Santa Clara University.

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