la flaneuse n'est pas le flaneur (the flaneuse is not the flaneur)
Much writing and theory has been written on the French word “Flaneur,” defined as “a man who saunters around observing society.” This 19th century term implies privilege and freedom.

Women, by definition, are not flaneurs. Even though women now have the liberty to roam the streets by themselves in much of the world, they do not have the same freedom as men. Women are attacked for turning down men’s advances. Trans women of color are murdered at alarming rates. Women are followed, harassed, and catcalled.

I want to create a piece that calls attention to this phenomenon. Roaming the street requires calculation. We look for the safest route. We decide to ignore a man’s jeers instead of telling him off. We carry our keys in our fingers.

I am looking for short testimonials on street harassment that you have experienced. These will be presented as text over video of walks down the street from the flaneuse’s perspective in Paris, the city where the “flaneur” was invented. Please feel free to include as much or as little information as you would like. Answers may be edited for clarity/length.

These will be presented in a video and your name will be anonymous. By submitting to the project, you agree to have your words used in the video. I intend to submit this project to festivals and art exhibitions. A final version will be available on Vimeo. Because collecting email addresses will nullify the anonymity of the form, please look for updates on www.tayloryo.com

Also, I would like to say that I am so horrified and angry that this happened to you - and I thank you for your bravery in sharing. There are resources and support if you need it: https://www.rainn.org/

Thank you for contributing! You are helping to widen the scope of the voices and experience in this project. Submissions may be in any language and will appear on the video in the original language and English/French.

Do you have an experience with street harassment that you would like to share? (~10-200 words)
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If you do not have an experience you'd like to share, would you like to share how you change your routine or habits to make yourself safer while you are in public/walking on the street?
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