Katherine in streets Catherine in sheets
Okay, this is actually what you do if you’re being sexually harassed in any kind of public space. Draw attention to it, preferably pull away and let EVERYONE know that someone is touching you. This will not only get him to get off you but he’ll definitely think about this situation next time he wants to do something like this.
Spreading the word.
My mom and I were talking about this today after hearing about a woman who was molested on a plane who said nothing until she was picked up at the airport by her parents. My mom looked at me and asked what I would do in that situation and I looked her dead in the eye and I told her “it would take me .02 seconds to realize what was going on and yell angrily, and then I would be straight on to bitch slapping him so hard he wouldn’t be able to see the punch I’d throw with the opposite hand”.
She nodded and accepted my salty language like a seasoned sailor.
I’ve had experience with this before, in Prague a group of five girls and I were followed by three men at night. After a while they started yelling at us, the most common being “how much?” Meaning how much we “cost” as prostitutes. Seeing as they weren’t going to stop, I turned on my heel, faced them (which surprised them), spat at their feet and responded with “You couldn’t afford me.” This prompted the other girls to start yelling back at them as well, starting with our spitfire Czech friend to start slinging curses in Czech as she and the rest of the girls came up beside me. Needless to say the men backed off and pretty much fled. They weren’t expecting a fight. It empowered me and encouraged the rest of the girls to yell back too.
I’ve heard that a lot of people don’t know what to do in this situation because they’ve been taught all their lives to be polite and non-aggressive. Keep your heads down or whatever.
Keep in mind that studies have shown that rapists look for victims who won’t fight back.
Remember that nobody has the right to touch you without your consent or harass you, and you have all the right to make the biggest fuss about it that you can possibly make.
Get angry. Be in command.
It’s just a spark, but it’s enough to keep me going.
Nitori, Nagisa & Rei from the official “Free! Creator’s Message Book” ★
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3 different ways to say 'love'.
Word choice, mostly. You choose the words you believe fit the story best. Take this picture, for example (s).
If you were writing a story about a character returning home, it might go like this:
The dank, earthy smell of the bayou settled deep into the back of her throat. She could taste the muggy air, already warm despite the early hour. The Spanish moss hung lazily from the tall branches and the waters were placid, save for where the occasional breathing turtle disturbed it. Irregular patches of sunlight filtered through the branches and illuminated the brackish water.
If you were writing a creepy story about a character who doesn’t like bayous, it might go like this:
There was not an inch of dry ground in sight. What was not murky water of unknown depth was muck or rotting logs ready to give way with the slightest touch. The Spanish moss drooled over the tree branches. She could feel it tickling her neck whenever she passed under it. The sweet, rotting smell of old wood and decaying plants stuck to the back of her throat like phlegm.
In the first piece, I discussed the bayou in positive sensory terms. I talked about the “earthy smell”, which has a positive connotation. Maybe you thought of gardening dirt or petrichor or something similar. I mentioned the warmth, which is good. Everyone likes being warm. Everything is quiet: the Spanish moss isn’t moving (lazily, I might add) and the water is placid - notice I used placid instead of deathly still or dead. There is some life here: I mentioned turtles, which have positive recognition for most people. I could have chosen alligators or snakes or alligator gars, but I chose nice, boring turtles. I mentioned that there is sunlight and it illuminates. People have a subconscious fear of the dark. Put them at ease - at home - with a reminder there is light.
In the second piece, I used some of the same sensory terms worded a different way. For example, the “earthy smell” became “sweet, rotting smell” and your mind takes you back to old sheds, abandoned buildings, dead bodies, and the like. I also mentioned how scents feel in your head in both pieces. In the second one, I said it “sticks like phlegm”. No one likes having mucus build up in your throat. Negative connotation. I played on some primitive fears, like the fear of falling into deep water, the fear of falling period, and that nasty feeling when something weird is touching the back of your neck.
I chose setting to demonstrate atmosphere because it’s easiest to do. You can apply this lesson to character descriptions - enemy soldiers will seem harsher, meaner, uglier, etc. than their friendly counterparts - and emotions - foaming rage instead of irritation - as well. I did a post on atmosphere in horror stories here.
FullMetal Alchemist Brotherhood Opening 1 - Again