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Graphic Relief Recommended Agenda Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Oct. 13-Jan. 31 2017

Being catcalled on the street is annoying. It makes you feel exposed and unsafe. But the biggest problem with it is that, like so many forms of sexual harassment, it makes you feel powerless. You can't stop it, you can't confront it without escalating the harassment, and there's no authority to defend you from it. In the past, I've been advised to ignore it, to cross the street, to avoid walking in certain areas without a male escort (including the block outside my apartment), and to laugh at the man in an otherwise empty subway car who decides to show me his penis. All of these strategies have their benefits and their detriments, but mostly what I do is freeze. What I'd really like to do is to transform from a mild-mannered female pedestrian into a superheroine who has the power to make these men shut the fuck up and put their junk away. Continue reading >>

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