That Time We Spoke About Street Harassment on the Nicaraguan Radio

Last week, I walked to the Women’s Collective of Matagalpa, which I’ve been to multiple times for their spontaneous theater shows. The collective has a theater program, health and education outreach, and a radio station. April is Sexual Assault Awareness … Continue reading That Time We Spoke About Street Harassment on the Nicaraguan Radio

Repost: 10 books to read if you want to have an impact

We know that the PC community loves reading AND making an impact so combine those two things in the book list below, reposted from “10 Books You Should Read If You Want to Have an Impact” / Unreasonable.is and written by Paul Polak who has brought 22+ million farmers out of poverty. His work is dedicated to desgining products for the Other 90% (the 2.6 billion customers who live on less that $2/day) 1.    Small Is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered, by E. F. Schumacher (Blond & Briggs, 1973) 2.    The White Man’s Burden: Why the West’s Efforts to Aid … Continue reading Repost: 10 books to read if you want to have an impact

When the tables are turned…

The short video “Oppressed Majority” (click here for link) does a great job of showing what many daily experiences for women might look like if it were men in their shoes instead.The director  Eléonore Pourriat actually made the film five years ago in France, but only recently did it receive intense internet attention. As written in an article on the Guardian Women’s blog, “Pourriat realised that the film had gone viral only when she started seeing activity on Facebook. Her YouTube mailbox filled up, but the messages were so aggressive she deleted them. “I kept one though because really, you can’t believe … Continue reading When the tables are turned…

3 step piropo education process

It didn’t take me a long time in country to come to hate the act of receiving piropos; however, it’s taken me the better part of the past year and a half in country to polish my response. During training I remember mostly hearing the advice that carrying on with my business and ignoring it was best, but that never set well with me. After trying many things (most of which only made people laugh at me), I’ve devised the 3 step pioropo education process.

But first, the pre-step: deciding whether or not to say something. Talking to big groups, drunk people, or people in cars has never gotten me anywhere. To best illustrate my thought process, I’ve created the following tree:
Alright—so we have a safe feeling situation of a small group of sober, stationary men (or women) that may or may not be students. Now what do I do?

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