If you’re a woman and you’ve walked on a city sidewalk before, there’s a 150% chance you’ve been catcalled. Urban Dictionary defines catcalling as “when a guy gives the wert whirl whistle or yells at a babydoll for the purpose of getting attention and in hopes of a future hookup”. They go on to describe that this is usually done out of the window of a car which would “typically be a Pontiac Firebird, or Camaro”.
Whether catcalling is committed out of a car window, by a bunch of construction workers or from an old creepy man, this is a controversy that requires some attention. After all, how would your man feel if he heard what these strange men on the streets said to you? Since catcalling is least likely to occur when your beau is around, Cosmopolitan created this video to find out:
Now let’s take a look at how this experience could possibly exist if women openly participated in the same activity:
While this video may aim to entertain, the first one by Cosmo portrays the reality women face everyday while navigating the streets. Sometimes I laugh at the calls and although I’m ashamed to admit, other times I let them get to me. It’s frustrating when I’m minding my own business that I am forced to be subjected to this type of treatment. Men who partake in these practices don’t have any common decency and truly demonstrate the epitome of masochism. The real contraversy here is why men see this as an appropriate action to take towards complete strangers.
99.9% of hookups never arise from catcalling. Catcalling has nothing to do with the person being called and has everything to do with the need for attention from the caller. I can think of 500 better ways to make a first impression than by catcalling. So before you call, pretend what you’re about to say is being directed to your mother, sister or daughter. If you’d still say it, call away.