It’s been a pretty great year for street harassment in Brooklyn…unless, of course, you’re the one doingthe harassing. From Tatyana Fazlalizadeh’s much-discussed “Stop Telling Women to Smile” street art series, the Catcalls NYC Twitter, to the Harlow Project, a video campaign dedicated to telling stories of street harassment from around the world, women pretty much everywhere are making it clear that this street harassment bullshit ain’t cute. So instead of doing that whole pretend-to-be-on-the-phone-with-someone thing, we’re actually talking to each other about it and doing something. The Brooklyn Movement Center, who also brought you Anti-Street Harassment Week this past April, is trying to chart street harassment incidents in Bed Stuy, but they need your help.
The goal of BMC is to map a spectrum of street harassment incidents while attempting to acknowledge the endless nuanced layers of dynamics at play in each encounter. The chart they created reads more or less like a transcription of a walk home from the subway or a trip out to get groceries. Offenses range from eye-following to physical following, and BMC offers suggestions for possible responses on both the parts of the woman and the aggressor.
This is especially useful for those of us who are pretty much done being polite, but who also don’t want to resort to calling over those over-eager cop-types.
The BMC – unlike those guys who keep asking you why you’re not smiling – actually wants to hear your feedback on this, so feel free to let ’em know what could be improved or what they’re doing right. It could lead to a world where you actually feel comfortable walking around at any time you want wearing anything you want – and actually, that might be something to smile about.