Just Walking

“The print was borne from the frustration around the harassment and violence women face every day and how the focus is always put onto women to prepare in various and numerous ways to guard against this and never on the men that perpetrate it. One of the first, most common and most recognisable one is the keys in the fist. Proceeds from this print will be donated to Sisters Uncut, an intersectional feminist organisation based in the UK.” Linolicious

I have posted numerous linocut spanking prints by Linolicious over the last few years, but today’s linocut isn’t spanking related. It’s called Stop Fucking Killing Us. It’s jarring and it’s powerful and it’s me. Keys in my fist. Faking a phone call. Going into a shop to hide. Running. Screaming. Fighting back. It’s everything that I have done to stay safe.

Nine times out of ten if I am outside and I am alone, then I will be harassed. That is not an exaggeration. That is my life.

I have been followed. I have been chased down. I have been physically assaulted. I have been groped. I have had sexual advances yelled at me. I have been honked at. I have been whistled at. I have had people expose themselves to me. I have had people intentionally block my path. I have had people corner me and then masturbate in front of me. When rejecting a harasser I have been called a stupid bitch, a slut, a cunt and a fucking whore.

What am I doing when this harassment has occurred? I am walking. I am just walking.

You might be thinking that I’m angry. I’m not angry. I’m frustrated. I’m frustrated because I know that there is nothing that I can do that will make the harassment stop. It’s not me that needs to change.

Smiles and Spanks, NaturallyGin.com