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16.10.13 Kino im Infoladen

„Femme de la rue“

Eine Dokumentation über Sexismus auf den Straßen Brüssels von Sofie Peeters

I am Sofie, a 25-year old girl living in Brussels. I moved here two years ago. I love Brussels‘ theater, I love the chocolate and waffles, I love guys treating me like a slut all the time… Wait. What?! That’s right. Guys talk to me on the street like I have a big sign on my head that says „Whore“. Even if I wear long trousers and a t-shirt, they find it appropriate to call me „baby“, „slut“, „doll“ and other degrading names. They follow me around clicking their tongue and asking me where I live, if I‘m married and how much it costs to have sex with them. It’s even worse when you wear a skirt or a dress. It can be the most innocent, knee-length flowery dress you can imagine: you are a whore and deserve to be treated that way. This name-calling happens all the time: I counted once, just for „fun“. In the fifteen minutes it took me to walk from my work to my appartement in the centre of Brussels, I was called names like this eleven (ELEVEN) times. That’s almost once a minute. It drives you crazy!

I started to find the phenomenon really frustrating, but I was also intrigued. Why do these men talk to me that way? Is this just a really bad way of flirting? Is it a form of racism; do they feel like all white, western women are whores? Is it something that I specifically do wrong? Apparently it is a problem for almost every young woman in Brussels.

Caroline (33): „Guys talk to me on the street all the time. They come really close and whisper degrading stuff in your ear. It is really intimidating sometimes. I think they want you to be scared of them, because that makes them feel powerful.“

Lisa (26): „It wouldn‘t be the first time that I‘ve had someone spit in my face, just because I talk back.“

Zoë (30): „Even when they call you „baby“, it’s not a compliment. It’s really obvious that they don‘t respect you. Only when my boyfriend accompanies me, can I walk on the street undisturbed. Apparently then I have rights.“

Karen (27): „I am called „whore“ at least five times a day. I am not a woman who dresses slutty, or who backs down easily. But I really don‘t feel respected or happy anymore. I was born in Brussels, but I decided to move away…“

I decided to make a documentary about such sexist behavoir on the streets of Brussels: ‚Femme de la rue‘ (‚woman of the street‘/'prostitute‘) I am a Master student in Documentary at the Brussels filmschool RITS and this documentary will be my final film.

16.10.2013 @ Infoladen Jena – 20.00Uhr
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