Catcalling- ‘Rude, sexual remarks made by men passing women on the street. Usually “cat calls” are about the woman’s body as a whole or a certain feature’.
Recently I have received an alarming amount of uncalled and uninvited Catcalls whilst walking to and from work, on my lunch break or just taking a walk through town in general. Most of these calls are from a certain local scaffolding company. They have slowed down their lorry to walking pace alongside me, clicked and whistled at me like I am some kind of dog or cat and of course the original wolf whistle and shout. I don’t react to them really because I don’t want to give them that satisfaction. I don’t say anything back but I normally end up shaking my head and look at them very angrily. It’s an interference and makes you question the way you look? Why they picked you? and makes you feel strangely self-conscious.
Now this subject is an interesting one and there are lots of different viewpoints, hence why I am blogging about it. When I recently brought up this topic up when sat at the pub, I got a lot of interesting comments. Of course, I received the ‘you should take it as a compliment’ which partly I can see why people think that, but I personally don’t think that’s right. As an intelligent young female, who pays her way and works 6 days a week and normally doesn’t give a shit, I feel I shouldn’t have to take being hollered at in the street. I know the men who catcall probably don’t mean to come across as rude or sexist but if you catcall at the wrong woman that is possibly going to affect her. I mean I know they are only trying to look cool in front of their friends or colleagues and probably don’t mean to come across in the way they do. In the world of 2019 surely it is time we moved past this kind of on street harassment?
All of these thoughts in recent weeks has led me to research into cat calling. Which has led me to question is catcalling a form of sexual harassment? After my research I found that a lot of people are asking the same question. And a lot of people agree that it is. Now calling it sexual harassment may seem a bit extreme to some people reading this but the definition for sexual harassment is ‘Behaviour characterized by the making of unwelcome and inappropriate sexual remarks or physical advances in a workplace or other professional or social situation’. If that is the definition surely it must be classed as a form of sexual harassment?
I am in no way saying it’s just men, because I know women can be even more nasty (I would know, I am one). Get a group of women together and all they do is bitch about other people.
I would love to hear your thoughts below. This is a little bit of a different blog subject for me so would love to hear some opinions…
Chloe May x
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