I have a usual reaction to strangers calling out to me on the street and giving me names I haven’t chosen, and don’t want, for myself. I’ve been conditioned to let them off with a heavy sigh and an eye roll.
I just want men to like me for my appearance.
I’ve tried it all in order to not get noticed. Hats, coats, different clothes. Nothing works.
After watching what their girlfriends go through, these men totally agree that catcalling is obnoxious.
Here are some options, depending on the reaction you want to elicit.
A Public Service Announcement to all Catcallers: I know this may come as a shock, but contrary to popular belief, I do not wake up every morning and put on a cute little outfit to impress the downtown construction workers as I walk by.
I’m not saying that all guys do all of these things, but whenever a guy does, it brings shame upon our entire gender.
When you’re a woman in living in a big city, catcalling very rarely shocks you. Inevitably, it becomes an ever-present part of the background noise of the streets we walk down. We know it’s there, we hear what’s being said, but we keep moving in the hopes that the words somehow won’t touch us if we get far away fast enough.
I remember one time I went to a party and saw a woman who I thought was stunningly beautiful. So much so that I felt the need to tell her.