La flaneuse n’est pas le flaneur / the flaneuse is not the flaneur.
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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. Additionally, if you do not feel comfortable sharing your story, there is space to share what actions or habits you adopt to make yourself feel safer while walking on the street.
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.