Minutes after this photo was taken, a middle aged yt man was angered bc @m_hikaru asked him to ask for permission before taking a photo
Sadly, street harassment is common for femme & AFAB people, esp those into alternative fashion and cosplay
He stepped into our personal space to take photos of another lolita I was snapping a photo of. He refused to back down after Chen politely told him to ask for permission for photos
His response, "It was a joke." He refused to step away, calling Chen an "arrogant bitch" and said I looked like an "It". I thanked him for validating my non binary identity and told him that he certainly looked like an asshole 😎
What complicated all of this was that the event staff, a woman by the name of Patricia Hunter, who had been very pleasant to us prior to this, came between us. She yelled at us, and accused Chen and me of harassing this man. She told us to leave. She said she had "known this man for hours" 🤣 and that he had done nothing wrong
The lolita the man was photographing stood on Patricia's side and tried to talk us down. This is not the first time this has happened with lolitas. It always feels like a betrayal
I began to walk away, telling the man that he was showing his yt privilege on full display. He then claimed I was a coward for walking away. To which I responded by going back to photograph his face. He promptly tried hiding from my camera! 🤣🤣🤣 Not something an innocent person would do! Chen was decently talking with Patricia & trying to get some insight
If you find yourself in a situation like this I ask you to do one of the following:
1. Leave. If you're scared and can't handle it, go away. This is what I told the lolita who worked against us in this case to do after the situation
2. Stand on the side of the victims. Don't throw hands (please don't do this, it's really dangerous), you don't have to yell. Just stand next to, or behind the victims, and keep an eye on the situation. It's very helpful if you document by recording or photographing the situation
3. Get management. Don't call the cops, they'll be late and they don't do much, but try to find someone who is in charge to help
Thanks for reading
[ESP] Mi coord para #lolitasummer2019 💖💖💖 fue un día maravilloso!
[ENG] My coord for #lolitasummer 💖💖💖 such a wonderful day!
Blouse, skirt and socks: @angelicpretty_official
Accessories: Bodyline and offbrand