a film by Rachel Knapp
For countless years, women have endured catcalls and wolf whistles. They have walked with their heads turned down to avoid excess attention. They have been groped, followed, and agitated in public spaces, while going for runs, walking to work and even en route to the grocery store. And yet, only recently have such invasive behaviors, newly defined by many as forms of Street Harassment, received widespread attention among some women and small facets of the news media. According to many women these days, who are taking a stand against the cat calls and wolf whistles, Street Harassment is not only an annoyance to women, but also promotes the continuance of a male-dominated system in which women are degraded and objectified daily in public places and spaces where they should feel free to move without hassle. Throughout my internship this semester with Hollaback! Boston, an anti-street harassment organization working to raise awareness about the prevalence of street harassment in the Boston community, I gained a deeper insight into the roots of the issue and how the movement is effectively seeking to empower women via their own voices and shared stories of harassment. Through repeated exposure to the voices and various angles of individuals working on behalf of Hollaback! Boston, I feel I was able to create a film not only depicting the weight of the issue at hand, but also the more prominent fervor of those involved in the current dialogue on street harassment.