Sidewalk Snippet, 9/2/2017

We’ve had a rainy and cold past couple of days on the sidewalk. While the rain sometimes keeps the number of antis down, the sidewalk is no less crowded when each anti is sporting a large umbrella.

 

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Since we focus on safety and deescalation, escorts leave the umbrellas at home. Escorts are encouraged to use ponchos or rain coats – they’re usually affordable and compact, so we can keep extras in our bags for when they’re needed. More importantly they don’t carry the risk of accidentally hitting someone or causing an injury if caught in the wind. And, of course, a poncho takes up far less space than an umbrella.

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When escorts walk with people who’ve given consent to be accompanied from their cars, antis ignore the usual social mores that dictate people give one another a certain amount of physical personal space. And when everyone has a large umbrella, that can be worse than merely rude. Countless times escorts, patients, companions, and even antis have been poked with an umbrella being held by someone who insists on getting in close physical proximity while forcing both their opinions and their bodies onto non-consenting individuals. It’s just a small example of the protesters having little regard for the safety and autonomy of others when it comes into conflict with their sense of entitlement to other people’s time, attention, bodies, and lives.

 

 

One thought on “Sidewalk Snippet, 9/2/2017

  1. There was discussion around this topic near the front door today, so I’m not surprised to see it as today’s Snippet topic.

    One wonders whether the antis are really that thoughtless, or if the umbrellas are part of their intrusiveness by intent.

    I suspect more the latter than the former. One data point to support that conclusion is that some of the antis will keep their umbrellas opened even when under the awning.

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