Coachella is a pervy grab-fest that sucks for women — so what’s being done about it?
So this story is darkly ironic. Teen Vogue sent out a reporter to examine a growing situation involving sexual assault and groping at Coachella. In the process, she was groped 22 different times.
Actually, strike that: the trip was sponsored by SAFE, an app that lets you display up-to-date STD status to would-be partners.
The reporter, Vera Papisova, ended up interviewing 54 woman at the mega-festival. In total, every single one reported being groped. “I interviewed 54 women at Coachella, and they all said they had been sexually harassed,” Papisova relayed.
But according to Papisova, this went way beyond inappropriate booty-grabbing. Instead, this 20-something, attractive woman was flat-out stalked for various stints. Here’s one those stories:
Even worse, this was all happening in a 10-hour period. Which is just a fraction the time most people spend enjoying Coachella.
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Here’s what happened when Papisova tried to get a front-row snapshot David Byrne.
“On Saturday, I was front row at the Outdoor Theatre, leaning against the metal grate to take an epic photo David Byrne to send to my dad. Someone behind me grabbed my butt with both hands. I didn’t see who it was, and I felt so uncomfortable that I gave up my front row spot and moved to the back the crowd where I would have more space behind me. I never got the picture.”
Papisova said this kind thing was completely common. So common that 100% the people she interviewed reported some sort harassment issue.
“Of the 54 young women who spoke to Teen Vogue for this piece during the weekend-long event, all them had a story sexual assault or harassment that occurred this year at Coachella,” she wrote.
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“Many these accounts reveal patterns predatory behavior harassers exhibited throughout the festival, and many the reports I collected sound nearly exactly the same.”
Policing this stuff seems extremely challenging, to say the least.
Most the grabbing and groping happens in densely-crowded areas, and short-term stalking is hard to enforce against. Coachella would have to create a police state to eradicate the behavior.
In some cases, fights can break out: women and hit back, identify a groper, or boyfriends can get pissed. But most the time that’s not happening.
So why go to Coachella at all? It sounds like women are mostly willing to tolerate the bad behavior, rather than call f the entire show. Especially since not attending seems like the only surefire way to avoid getting harassed.
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