Art Is Trying To End Social Harassment
Catcalling and other incidents of sexual harassment become more common as spring time reigns. The non-profit group Feminist Apparel and Philadelphia-based feminist collective Pussy Division have collaborated on a street art campaign to raise awareness to the issue and hopefully curb catcalling, DNA Info reports.
Coincidentally enough, this year’s international anti-street harassment week, the groups have erected street signs across New York City and Philadelphia to remind members of the public that catcalling constitutes harassment.
You may probably think that these signs resemble traffic signs at first. But look closely and you will recognize that they mark “no catcalling zones” around both cities.
This may seem like a lighthearted reminder, but it’s roots are more deeply ingrained. According to the website of the nonprofit organization Stop Street Harassment, a new study in Australia found that 87 percent of women have been subjugated to crude remarks on the street.
It was reported that in China, five women were recently arrested for planning a protest against sexual harassment on the public transport system in Guangzhou.
Art and feminism have had a shared history, and art has long been used to highlight feminist issues. Stop the harassment.