Catcalling is Harassment

I think holding a conversation with someone you disagree with is one of the best ways to overcome your differences, but what if the differences are violent in nature?  

A friend was relaying one of their many stories of street harassment, and at the time I was sourcing BLM wristbands from various suppliers.  So I offered to make some stickers to put around town.  The first few hundred were printed and handed out immediately with a favorable response.

ALL OF THEM WERE RIPPED DOWN.

It wasn’t something I expected.  Later I’d find out that the first few were printed on a specialized vinyl that makes it easy for removal, but still… Why would someone intentionally remove this particular sticker and leave up so many others?

The roots of the problem run deep. In the next batch, I sourced 3,000 that were printed on paper.  I figured if someone was going to tear them down, then there should be a lot more for them to remove.  I distributed them around the local coffee shops and had to resupply almost daily.  They appeared everywhere but were still defaced and torn off.  Eventually, the weather would take its toll on the paper as well.  

I knew there had to be a better solution and then it came, tamper resistant stickers.  Sometimes referred to as eggshell stickers. These flake off into little pieces when someone tries to pull them off.  In total now I believe there are somewhere around 16,000+ of these stickers in circulation, maybe even more after the designs were made public for anyone to print.

In later versions, I also added the hashtag #catcallingisharassment to see if other people would share their stories and photos.  You can identify the eggshell stickers by their chipped corners or scratched out lettering.  This is an ongoing issue for me, and the labels are not enough.  More will come of this in the future.

Local interview about the stickers: https://pittsburghstickerproject.weebly.com/home/starting-a-conversation

Original blog post with downloads: https://projectileobjects.com/2017/06/13/catcalling-is-harassment/

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