Mean girls

Broadsheet turned me on to Holla Back NYC, a blog on which women can call out/poke fun at guys who flirt with them on the street. Here’s Holla Back’s tagline:

Whether you’re commuting, lunching, partying, dancing, walking, chilling, drinking, or sunning, you have the right to feel safe, confident, and sexy, without being the object of some dickwad’s fantasy. So stop walkin’ on and Holla Back!

Basically, Holla Back is saying you have the right to feel sexy without anyone telling you you’re sexy. You have the right, in essence, to dictate that no one shall speak to you or look directly at you. I think these are the rules Naomi Campbell has, which is why she’s the most hated woman in fashion.

Holla-Back Girls, we have to live in society. That means men are free to fantasize about you. They are free to look at you if you go out in public. They are even free to speak to you. If you don’t like it, by all means, tell them so — and call the cops if they don’t listen. But don’t call a guy a dickwad for calling you “princess.” Like my mom always said, that’s just sinking to their level.

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7 Responses to “Mean girls”

  1. Marisa Says:

    Some classic pick-up lines utilized by 14 year olds in rural Sicily

    “Ciao bella”
    “Hello, what’s your name?”
    kissy noises
    “I speak English and I love you”
    “I want to spend the rest of my life with you tonight”

  2. An Upset Sicilian Says:

    I think men of all ages–regardless of national origin (or of their birthplace within Italy)–deploy any number of those pick-up lines anywhere in the world, at any given time.

    How is “Hello, what’s your name?” IN ANY WAY classic?

  3. Marisa Says:

    Hey US

    First of all, ragging on my comment and then hiding your identity is fowl fecal matter.

    I’d like to point out that I made no reference to time or birthplace. I indicated age and location to give context – namely, that these were young boys who didn’t speak English well. ‘Hello, what’s your name’ is one of the first phrases you learn in a language class. ‘I want to spend the rest of my life with you tonight’ is clearly a mistake, because if he spoke English passably, he would have realized that he has condemned himself to die the following morning.

    Finally, I have concluded that you must be Upset because you have been depoying these pick-up lines yourself, and the only ladies interested are Rosy Palm and her five sisters.

  4. Man The Automater Says:

    In misspelling “foul” as “fowl” you automatically forfeited the right to judge whether anyone else speaks English “well” or “not.” Indeed, your sentence style suggests you do not subscribe to such random avian references.

    Good night.

  5. Zubin Says:

    “fowl fecal matter”=”birdshit”. This, as opposed to equine, bovine, and other types of fecal matter.

    I think we can all agree that any type of fecal matter is foul (:

  6. Anna Says:

    By “fowl fecal matter,” does Marisa mean chickenshit, as in cowardly? Only she can tell. Regardless, please see new post, “Be Cool.”

  7. Marisa Says:

    Yes, chicken shit. I was trying to be polite and not use foul language. Points to Zubin for realizing this.

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