Name: Emma Toner
Major: Psychology and Sociology
Hometown: Belmont, MA
Favorite WW workshop/program/event: “Let’s Talk About…” (a sex positive fair previously called Cuntfidence) — I know that speaking so candidly about sex, sexuality, menstruation, etc. can be intimidating for some people, so I was really excited to be involved in creating a space and event that (hopefully!) made those conversations feel a little bit easier.
Favorite WW office resource: Can I say the couches/overall comfiness? It’s amazing just knowing that there’s always a comfortable and welcoming place where I can hang out on campus between classes or after a long day. I’ve also had the opportunity to have so many thoughtful conversations on those couches during workshops and life with other peer eds and students!
Favorite way of practicing self-care: I like doing different breathing exercises or guided meditations, especially at night when I’m falling asleep. Also, I know those adult coloring books are everywhere, but they’re seriously very soothing!
Part of an ongoing series–see previous entries here.
Over the next few weeks we’ll be introducing you to our awesome student peer educators, starting with senior Sarika Kumar:
Sarika + our program director Jessica, in matching polka dots.
Name / year / major /: Sarika Kumar/ 2016/ Urban Studies and Environmental Science
Where you’re from: Syosset, New York
Favorite WW program: Wednesday Craft Nights!
Something you enjoy about being a peer ed: I enjoy being apart of a community that places self-care and love at its forefront. Whether I’m in the office with peer-eds or other students, everyone collectively helps create an energy that channels learning, curiosity, and appreciation.
Favorite WW office resource: The stress sticks and amazing library! Overall, whenever I’m in the office, Well Woman’s calming ambiance just makes my day better.
Favorite way of practicing self care: Releasing emotion and tension through writing and drawing! Daily, I try to stay hydrated and get enough sleep.
If you’re a woman in New York, chances are you’re cat-called on the regular. And contrary to the harasser’s belief, it’s never flattering. Brooklyn based artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh is looking to shift the narrative around street harassment with her project Stop Telling Women to Smile.
“I started it because I wanted to talk about my experience with street harassment. It was my way of speaking back to my harassers, who say things to me on the street that are unwelcome. That are unwanted,” she said in a video interview about the project’s mission.
Starting in 2012, Fazlalizadeh began talking with women about their experiences with street harassment and drawing their portraits. Each drawing spotlights a quote that reflects the subject’s story, like “My masculinity is not a threat to yours“or “No me llamo mamacita.”
Fazlalizadeh intentionally pastes the posters in areas where the women live, or where they feel close to street harassment. Through this public art series, Fazlalizadeh hopes to shift the power dynamic, giving women a space to talk back to street harassers on their own terms.
She’s currently taking her project overseas in Paris. To see more of Fazlalizadeh’s dynamic portraits, check out Stop Telling Women to Smile.