This weekend was the first weekend that it felt straight HOT in the northeast. Tropical lady that I am, I can’t get enough of the hot weather, and I was taking full advantage by wearing shorts, my femme shark crop top, ball cap, hoops, and gold high tops. So yeah, I was slaying. But it seems like the first weekend a girl can show some skin is some kind of street harasser holiday. Harassers come out of hibernation mad hungry for exerting their power over you in public, and this weekend was no different.
Femininity is a special kind of target on the streets. Now, I know that more masculine-presenting women and gender non-conforming folks get street harassed plenty too. I was with my more masculine-presenting girl this weekend, and we were both targeted. But femininity is so often conflated with powerlessness, so often painted as inferior, so often the target of street harassment.
So I want to dedicate this playlist to the femmes. To those of us who find power in our femininity – however that may look, in whatever genders and bodies it may live. To those of us who resist the patriarchy in a bold lip, and those whose thickly-lined eyes shoot daggers at the creeps. To those whose bold femininity both gives us life at the same time that it risks it. This is for you. For us. Turn it up.
Verónica believes in the power of femmes.