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Two men in a car at the light wolf whistled at me as I crossed the street. Then they did it again, trying to get my attention.
I was walking down Girard Avenue on a warm, sunny day with a lot of people out. An older man shouted at me as we passed one another: “HEY SEXY!” I resisted my usual urge to flip the bird and told myself to ignore him as I kept walking. He stopped and shouted “Hello!?” Like I owed something to him. I kept walking and ignored him. Then I heard “Fuck you!”
Cross-Posted from GeeksForCONsent.org, originally published May 13, 2014 at 1:33 pm.
The above video illustrates examples of cosplayer harassment and the effects it has on making people feel unsafe in convention spaces, to the point of avoiding certain conventions, choosing not to dress as their favorite characters, or only feeling safe when they bring cis-male companions as a sort of shield at the conventions. Enough is enough – it is time for the major conventions to follow the example being set by smaller conventions — creating and publicizing thorough anti-harassment policies, having educational and zero tolerance posters throughout the convention, trained staff who will appropriately handle reports of harassment, and effective internal procedures for being sure the appropriate actions are taken when a convention guest is engaging in this offensive and exclusive behavior.
GeeksForCONsent has emailed San Diego Comic Con staff multiple times about their insufficient anti-harassment efforts, but has received no response. Today, GeeksForCONsent launched a petition demanding that San Diego Comic con create and enforce a thorough anti-harassment policy, train its volunteers to adequately respond when people report harassment, and have designated staff who can guide con-goers through the process of reporting the harassment.
Creepy dude stopped his car and rolled down his windows and very lecherously said “nice LEGS!”
I had just moved to the city a few days before and was headed back to my new home with some much needed supplies. As I stood waiting for the MFL, two men passed in front of me. They looked at me and one said, “What the fuck?”
“What is that faggot thing?” asked the other.
They retreated and were talking to each other quietly. I shrugged it off as the usual transmisogynistic crap until I noticed one of them walk behind me and start circling me. I made ready to take off running if I had to. As he finished passing me, I noticed that he had his smartphone held in his hand pointed directly at me and that he was giggling to himself. I bared my orc fangs (I’m missing all of my top teeth and my lower incisors so the ones left look rather like fangs) and hissed at him.
He recoiled and took off shouting, “Fucking faggot freak!”
I was rather unimpressed with his alliteration. Don’t mess with monsters.
An older man walked by me at the bus stop and said, “beautiful day! Bet you can’t wait to get a tan on that beautiful body mmm”.
A 45-year-old repeat offender was jailed this weekend for allegedly masturbating in front of students outside Philadelphia High School for Girls.
Samuel Hart is accused of standing outside the school at Broad Street and Olney Avenue in Logan, exposing himself to students and masturbating on several occasions. Court records show that Hart has arrests dating back 10 years for charges including indecent exposure, contact with a minor, corrupting a minor and open lewdness. In 2007 and again in 2011 and 2012, he was found guilty of indecent exposure charges, court records show.
For his most recent indecent-exposure conviction, court records show Hart was sentenced to three years’ probation in December 2012 by Judge Wendy L. Pew. He was still serving that sentence when police arrested him Friday at a rooming house where he lived on Berks Street near 19th for the recent incidents at Girls’ High, investigators said.
This time, Hart was charged with three counts each of unlawful contact with a minor/sexual offenses, corruption of minors, indecent exposure, open lewdness and harassment. He is being held at Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility on $150,000 bail, court records show. He is set to appear in Family Court May 28, the District Attorney’s Office said.
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I was walking down Frankford around noon on Easter Sunday, and I pass a homeless man pushing a shopping cart of cans and he violently lurched towards me and spit in my face yelling “I’ll spit in your face, whore!”