About the Book: Making Spaces Safer by Shawna Potter
Shawna Potter, singer of the band 'War on Women', has tackled sexism and harassment in lyrics and on stage for years. She has also trained nightclubs and community spaces to create safer environments for marginalized people. Now she's turned decades of experience into a concise guide for all sorts of public spaces--from art galleries to concert halls--that want to shut down harassers wherever they show up. A distillation of her in-person workshops, the suggestions in Making Spaces Safer are realistic, practical, and actionable. With the addition of personal stories, case studies, sample policies, and no-nonsense chapters like "How to Flirt Without Being a Creep," she shows why safer spaces are important, while making it easier to achieve them. Punk passion, candor, and anger get the job done!
"Every time someone wants me to prove sexism in the scene exists I am not going to tell them about having beer spat in my face while I’m singing or about men screaming 'shut up' while I’m talking between songs. I’m gonna hand them this book and say 'No more horror stories, here are some solutions.'" — Kathleen Hanna, Bikini Kill, Le Tigre, and The Julie Ruin
Limited copies of the book are available for checkout at the Main Desk.
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