I would think that most men wouldn’t feel the need to shout obscenities at women in public places. Yet, as a woman who lived in the city alone with her child, there wasn’t a day I didn’t get yelled at by strange men. I heard it all. From “Hey gorgeous, why don’t you give us a kiss,” to “Suck my dick bitch.” It didn’t matter what I was wearing, what season it was outside, or if I was with my child or not.
Street harassment is often a way to express power over women. It isn’t about compliments. It isn’t about meeting new people. It’s the thrill of the hunt, emphasis on the word hunt.
I have the right to walk down my own road without men commenting on my rear. my breast, or what you imagine my talent in bed are, etc. I shouldn’t have to be in a constant state of hypervigilance just because I need to run an errand at the grocery store.
Catcalling is a hate crime in Nottinghamshire, England. It expanded its definition of hate crimes to include misogyny hate crimes, defined as incidents against women that are motivated by an attitude of a man towards a woman simply because they are a woman.
“I really don’t understnad why there’s a debate on whether catcalling is flattering or not. Women don’t think it’s flattering, end of story. The fact that there are men that think they can decide how women feel about something is the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard.” – Josh Peck