Making Spaces Safer: A Guide to Giving Harassment the Boot Wherever You Work, Play, and Gather
by Shawna Potter Author
Making Spaces Safer: A Pocket Guide is an excellent resource for making your community and world a better place. This DIY guide is for any establishment, house party, basement show, co-op, bar, and other spaces where people gather to help recognize what harassment looks like and the steps we can take to make these spaces are inclusive and supportive for people who experience harassment. Authur Shawna Potter, lead singer of War On Women, has been training venues of all kinds on how to create safer spaces from accessibility to hiring and curating events without bias, techniques on taking a victim-centered approach to address harassment in your space, and how to hold yourself accountable.
In the expanded paperback Shawna Potter, singer for the band War On Women, has tackled sexism and harassment in lyrics and on stage for years. Taking the battle to music venues themselves, she has trained night clubs and community spaces in how to create safer environments for marginalized people. Now she’s turned decades of experience into a clear and concise guide for public spaces of all sorts, from art galleries to bagel shops to concert halls, that want to shut down harassers wherever they show up. The steps she outlines are realistic, practical, and actionable. With the addition of personal stories, case studies, sample policies, and no-nonsense advice like “How to Flirt without Being a Creep,” she shows why safer spaces are important, while making it easier to achieve them. Eschewing theory, she assumes the reader is already an ethical creature and jumps right in with candor, punk passion, and righteous anger to get the job done!
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