DON’T TOUCH ME

CW: Anti-semitism, harassment, sexism

He grabbed my waist and leaned in to whisper in my ear: “Are you a Jew in the second World War?” He asked me. I looked disgusted but did not reply. “Because I would like to shower with you.” A group of his friends were looking at us and laughing from a distance. This was one out of three times a guy would bother me tonight while I was wearing this shirt:

The reason I made this shirt in an angry tantrum and wore it while going clubbing, is because I was also harassed by multiple men while going out on the weekend before. And my friends, who were read as female, were groped as well. We were dancing to techno tunes in a club in Amsterdam but we would get constantly interrupted by a random guy standing in our space, trying to talk to us or full on grinding against our asses. I just wanted to experience a night out free of unwanted physical contact, so I bought a white shirt and wrote “DON’T TOUCH ME” on it in massive letters. I put on my bitchiest face to radiate the message even more, but to no avail.

I wonder what it takes to make guys aware that a girl wearing a “DON’T TOUCH ME” shirt and looking very angry does not want to hear a World War 2 reference as a pick-up line. If anyone knows, please let me know.

Text: Tessel ten Zweege

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Photo by Lân Nguyen

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