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I’m glad women at the Fringe are taking a stand against harassment

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If you’ve ever been to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, you’ll know that it’s impossible to walk about the place without having a flyer thrust into your hands by a performer in full costume, trying to promote their show, in competition with thousands of others doing the same. You end up with fistfuls of advertising that you have no idea what to do with, for shows that you have no intention of seeing – sometimes simply because time is finite, and sometimes because a show starring three students dressed as sexy ducks doesn’t immediately seem like your thing.

I have never had the heart to shake my head and scuttle off, so I earnestly assure the flyerer that I will most definitely be attending their show which starts at exactly the same time as my own. Then I stuff the flyers into my bag and use the better ones to decorate a wall in my house, so that I’ll have a bit of the fringe in my home all year round.

This year, a record number of women have reported being sexually harassed whilst flyering. It’s very hard to understand the mindset of someone who decides that the appropriate response to a woman promoting her work is to be a gropey sex pest, but I’d like to think that the rise in reporting is down to young women being much more confident in speaking up about abuse, rather than shrugging........

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