emilios’ tiny revolution

  • date: 14 october 2019
  • challenge category: status of women
  • selected tactic: tiny walkout
  • difficulty rating: 
  • current status: completed

emilios’ patriarchy chicken:

a game invented for women by dr charlotte riley. the rules are simple:
> do not move out of the way of men
> smile, make eye contact, but never ever give way.

the submission:

I feel that the progression on this issue is incredibly slow, and at times where we appear to have progressed further, events (that seemingly only affect women in the proximity, on the surface) highlights for women globally that we have taken a step back again, and it feels as if we are consistently going back and forth on this. Violence against women remains a concern – not only is this a problem on a global scale, but on a personal level too – women are consistently overthinking and taking precautions on how to avoid various types of violence. A shift needed to stop asking “what can women to do prevent” and start asking “how do we teach men”.

the thinking:

what is the idea we are moving forward with?

we need to find a way to acknowledge that patriarchal attitudes still prevail in the public realm. what can women and female identifying people do to raise awareness for themselves and for others? can we be playful about it?
patriarchy chicken is a game invented for women by dr charlotte riley [uk]. it is a simple provocation that requires you not to side step or dodge a man walking towards you.

how can we do it?

create a visual pdf file that can be downloaded from the website and distribute online as part of a national campaign.
perhaps it can be played on-mass as part of international womens day?

where does it need to take place?

online distribution would be the first step.

are there any legal implications to the activity?

credit the author of the idea with thanks to dr charlotte riley, university of southampton, uk.

tactic: walkout