1/ I left Hollywood after 8yrs & moved to NYC. I needed to be away from the toxicity of Hollywood (& sexual harassment/assault) but I wasn't ready to give up. NYC was my middle ground. I needed a room to rent. I went on all the apps. Men were like "Do you need a boyfriend too?😉"
Others were all "You can live here rent free if you walk around naked 😂" & I was like, "SERIOUSLY? CAN I JUST DO 1 THING WITHOUT SEXUAL HARASSMENT?!"
When I returned to 🇦🇺 & was in therapy recovering, my mum & I would chat. She had the idea for Giggle - as a roommate app.
She wanted there to be a place for women to find accommodation without sexual harassment. Then I was like, "Oh, what about freelance work?" Then we started talking about all the areas women need a female support network, which was what I was simultaneously learning in therapy.
I created Giggle because I wanted women to have a "refuge" away from misogyny. I'd spent years in Hollywood being sexually abused. I knew my life would be better with an easily accessible female support network. I needed one. I knew I wasn't the only one. So I created one.
I created Giggle not knowing that women in certain parts of the Western World were fighting just to be able to acknowledge females, without getting verbally abused or rights threatened.
When I educated myself, I realized exactly how vulnerable single sex spaces are.
FYI it's called "giggle" because giggle is the collective noun for a group of girls. I know we often refer to each other as "girls" in casual settings. I do.
Also, the Giggle algorithm creates groups of up to 6 users all based on choice & consent.
Want to know what its like being a female CEO of a company you created & founded? In a meeting I called to voice my dissatisfaction of his companys work, where I was a client, I was berated to the point where I walked out. He sent this to the 1 man connected to Giggle. MY DAD 1/5
EMAILED MY DAD. Like my Dad, aka Giggle's very hardworking intern (his official title & role) who has zero authority over Giggle & me, was going to lock his 35 year old CEO daughter in her room until she had thought about what she had done. "Bad girl! Standing up to a man!" 2/5
I often wonder how many male founder/directors/CEO's get told they can't be CEO incase they can't answer a question (see pic) about the company they created. I also wonder if every male CEO ever created can answer every single damn question ever asked to him. 3/5
I respect pronouns & understand being misgendered can be triggering. I know what it's like to feel triggered. When recovering from sexual assault, domestic violence, harassment or plain olde misogyny, having a man/male presence around can be triggering even with no bad intent1
After sexual assault, it took me a long time to feel comfortable being around my DAD. Not because he had EVER done anything bad towards me. But because he is a man and men had violated and invaded me and my life.2
I don't have a choice in how misogyny is dealt to me. I can't Self ID out of it. I have to find the best possible way to cope with it and, little by little, do what I can to eradicate it3
As a writer who left the industry b/c I experienced so much sexual harassment & assault in meetings/etc by execs/producers/directors and had 0 support from my representation... I can't tell you how privileged I find leaving an agency over #JKRowling to be. 1
If I could articulate it, perhaps I would be a better writer... My experiences were in Hollywood, not the literary world. But I know I'm not the only female writer, writing about the female experience, who experienced misogyny & worse on a near constant basis. 2
#MeToo didn't even really change anything. #misogyny is still everywhere. #BelieveWomen is seemingly only acceptable if we're "taking down" straight men, which is absurd. We can't even be believed in our own experience. 3