Stand-up comedian Janelle James’ new video advertises training to help ladies to learn to smile non-stop so guys on the street never have to have their day ruined!
In this video, part of the #ConsentIsEverything campaign, Blue Seat Studio and blogger RockstarDinosaurPiratePrincess (Emmeline May) explains what is consent through different situations with a tea analogy.
Emmeline May explained on her blog the use of this particular metaphor, which can seem absurd : “[…]of course you wouldn’t force feed someone tea because they said yes to a cup last week. Of COURSE you wouldn’t pour tea down the throat of an unconcious person because they said yes to tea 5 minutes ago when they were conscious. But if you can understand how completely ludicrous it is to force people to have tea when they don’t want tea, and you are able to understand when people don’t want tea, then how hard is it to understand when it comes to sex?”
I Never Ask For It is a campaign initiated by Blank Noise, a collective fighting against street harassment initiated by Jasmeen Patheja in August 2003. They describe themselves as “a volunteer/ Action Hero led community arts collective committed to tackling gender based violence and building safe spaces”.
This campaign builds testimonials of sexual violences with clothing : victims send a picture of the garment they were wearing when they felt sexually assaulted. For Blank Noise “each garment is a witness, a testimonial, and a rejection of blame. Each garment builds resonance in saying, ‘I Never Ask For It.’”.
The artist Whitney Bell reports sexual harassment by exhibiting the unsolicited “dick pics” she’s received. The benefits of her exhibition has been given to the Centre for Reproductive Rights.
An article in english about the exhibition available here : http://www.vice.com/read/this-woman-turned-her-collection-of-unsolicited-dick-pics-into-an-art-show
Au bout de la rue (english subtitles available) – Maxime Gaudet
“A young woman is going back home after a party, she leaves her friends down her street when a man approaches her…”
Claire Chust, Félix Armand, Zouheïr Zerhouni, Julien Monnin, Renaud Barrat, …
Like a Droid – Legacy (https://soundcloud.com/like-a-droid)
Walking Home – Nuala Cabral
Experimental film about women experiencing sexual harassment in the street.
Nuala Cabral words about her video : “Experiencing and witnessing street harassment on a regular basis was the motivation for making this film. Growing up I mostly ignored street harassment, but then found myself living in cities where ignoring street harassment was not always the safest response. I began to realize that navigating street harassment was like an art form, something many women and girls learn to do in order to stay safe and comfortable. Since making the film I have also been thinking more about how non-gender conforming individuals and LGBT folks are also forced to master this “art” of avoiding or responding to street harassment. […] I have found filmmaking to be an excellent tool to explore social issues and engage audiences in critical dialogue about how things are and how things could be. […] I knew I wanted to expand my audience beyond those who already recognize street harassment as a problem. Encountering street harassment can feel alienating and lonely — even when bystanders are around and especially when bystanders say nothing. I hope the film speaks to this cross section of people because clearly we each have a role to play when it comes to ending street harassment.”
Oppressed Majority (Majorité Opprimée – English Subtitles), by Eleonore Pourriat.
With Pierre Benezit, Marie-Lorna Vaconsin, Marie Favasuli, Céline Menville…
First song: Comme un garçon, by StereoTotal
Last theme: Pocket Harmony feat. Moïra Conrath
The film encourages the viewer to reflect on women’s daily experiences in today’s society. Eleonore Pourriat reversed gender roles as a way to confront men with women’s everyday reality. In her opinion “men – it’s not their fault – they don’t imagine that women are assaulted even with words every day, with small, slight words. They can’t imagine that because they are not confronted with that themselves.”
The strengh of this movie relies on the reversal between gender, enabling men to understand better the phenomenon.