- Hardcover: 236 pages
- Publisher: Praeger; 1 edition (August 3, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0313384967
- ISBN-13: 978-0313384967
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,789,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Stop Street Harassment: Making Public Places Safe and Welcoming for Women 1st Edition
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About the Author
Holly Kearl is a program manager at the American Association of University Women, a women's equity nonprofit organization in Washington, DC.
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This book helped me put my miserable personal experiences into perspective. Now I understand that when that guy on the bus is muttering obscenities about my ass, it's not my fault and it has nothing to do with me or what I'm wearing. He's part of a greater cultural movement to keep women out of the public sphere by humiliating and abusing us - a movement that will work unless we take action to stop it.
This book explains carefully and in detail how street harassment is important and relevant using extensive studies. Some of the studies confirmed and explained some common fears; for example, interviews with rapists show that they use street harassment as "rape-testing" to see if a woman is likely to fight back. It lays the theoretical groundwork for campaigns to fight street harassment, like Hollaback.
The tone of the book is in many places academic and intellectual, but it becomes practical and everyday in the sections that deserve it. It includes a lot of first person interviews and experience, which kept it interesting for me. This isn't a fun pop-science read, but it's about as readable as an intellectually rigorous, study-based book gets.
This book is a must for any street harassment activist, and a great help to anyone who has to go through street harassment on a daily basis.
I'd like to add a sentiment of my own and to point out a virtue of Kearl's too often neglected: As well as a fine and inspiring writer, Holly Kearl is one of those individuals who provides readers with new thoughts about and plans for how to live our everyday lives, and this is so whether we are women or men. She does something more and much rarer. She is a model analyst of and theoretician about everyday life and about gender relations.
Kearl's work should be read by those who think about theories of how we experience the social world, as well as by those who wish an invitation for how to change the social world.
Kearl gives a voice to those of us who have come to accept cat calls, groping and unwanted male advances as just a part of life we have to put up with. This book will empower victims of street harassment by giving them practical, safe suggestions and solutions. It will also help those of us who have been frightened on the streets, the subway, in parks, or at the mall, feel less alone. Kearl has given a voice for all of us, with the countless stories she has gathered from women around the world. As a young adult fiction author who works with teenagers across the country, I can highly recommend this book for any teenager in your life, as well as women and men of every age. a great empowering read!