Catcalling Demeans Women

We walk on the street we automatically turn in into something men can objectify and sexualize

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Destiny Montano, reporter

“It’s like that sick, sinking feeling you get when you’re walking down the street minding your own business and some guy yells out vulgar words about your body.

 Or when you see that guy at work that stands just a little too close, stares a little too long, and makes you feel uncomfortable in your own skin. – Michelle Obama. 

Catcalling is a form of harassment and it happens to everyone, little girls, little boys, women, and men. 

It could happen to anybody, and it doesn’t matter if you’re rich or poor, but the problem is a lot say they don’t see it as dangerous.

We were taught in society that it’s a normal thing in life. But even our own former first lady says in the quote above how it makes her uncomfortable. 

1 out of 10 girls get cat called before they are even 11.

 I remember the most I would get catcalled was in elementary school by older men.

The first time I got a cat called, I was walking to school and a car slowed down by me and I saw it was a group of men, they honked the car and whistled. 

When you tell people most of the time they blame the women and say “you probably deserved it,” based on how you’re dressed. 

I was 11. I was wearing a Justice sparkly shirt with leggings and a skirt. The world was telling me not to dress that way if you don’t want the male attention.

This made me feel anytime I went out my body was just a display for people to look at and judge. I felt like a mannequin instead of a human. 

We’re taught not to do a lot of things that might give the cat callers the slightest sign that we want it. Don’t look them in the eye, don’t wear this, don’t say that, walk faster, don’t say anything mean, smile, be polite.

 All these things we have to do for our safety. Sometimes you can do all of these things and it can still end badly. 

Women have more to lose from catcalling. Ruth George is an example of catcalling going wrong. A man was calling her over to him, calling her beautiful and she wouldn’t respond so he followed her to her car and killed her. 

Some say that she just should’ve said thank you and walked away but she shouldn’t have to do anything she doesn’t want to do, no woman should have to put herself in an uncomfortable situation to make someone else feel better.  

We live in a society where walking on the street can be dangerous for women based on what you wear, how you walk, and what your body type is. Some men think this should be considered a compliment, but story after story it just goes to show that it actually makes us uncomfortable. 

A way to prevent and maybe even end catcalling is by educating people on the facts and statistics of how it can be dangerous. Catcalling makes women comfortable and makes the people catcalling gross and unattractive so it’s really not doing justice for either sides.