The stranger calls you a “bitch” who “can’t take a compliment”. Yet somehow, passers-by stare at you like you’re crazy. You continue on your path home. You want to look behind you to make sure he’s not following, but don’t want to give him the satisfaction of acknowledgement. When you reach your building – keys clutched between your fingers – you discreetly glance back in the direction you came to make sure he hasn’t seen where you live. You know you’re probably overreacting, but you’ve been followed before. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

extended arm with keys


Artwork: Tara Krebs,You’ll Distract The Boys!”: A Choose-Your-Own Compendium of Female Existence, 2018. Books are available at the J-Wing Library. Installed as part of the exhibition Art & Storytelling: Speak Up! (Aug 27 – Dec 14, 2018). Learn more here.

This artwork discusses sensitive information about sexual assault and harassment that may bring up difficult feelings for some viewers.

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