Hello from Shrill Society!
It’s something we’re all too familiar with. In an international survey by Cornell University, 85 percent of American women reported experiencing street harassment by age 17. The same study showed that initial feelings of anxiety, anger, and fear from street harassment can give way to depression and low self-esteem. WTF?!?! The theme of our Nasty Woman planner in May is combating harassment in all its forms, and there’s no better time to call out these long-term effects (May is also Mental Health Awareness month). All of us can recount a story of catcalling, inappropriate comments at work, unwanted touching, online trolling, or someone who made us feel unsafe. It shouldn’t be this way! We shouldn’t have these memories with constant new stories to tell and we don’t have to navigate it alone.
Our planner takes inspiration from ultimate Riot Grrrl Kathleen Hanna. She’s been the frontwoman for Bikini Kill, Le Tigre, and The Julie Ruin. At her electrifying shows in the ’90s, women could safely come to the front of the stage and party while dudes were forced to stand back―one of the many ways she challenged the harassment and attitudes of a male-dominated punk scene. Hanna’s music career and activism continue today, so this month, we’re channeling her “girls to the front” ethos by highlighting women with creative strategies to ignite public conversations and end harassment, whether on the street, online, or in the workplace. We’re sharing their tactics, as well as what we’re reading, listening to, and learning this month. Tell us what you think or share recommendations with us of women who rock at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amanda + Cameron