Catcalling is probably the MOST common form of sexual assault, and is often laughed at by bystanders because it’s “amusing”. But amusing would certainly NOT be my choice of words. Demeaning, disgusting, uncomfortable, violating…. those don’t cover it, but they are the closest I can think of right now. I immediately feel like my safety is compromised, and begin to get paranoid, constantly looking over my shoulder. Why should I feel uncomfortable walking on the street, whether I’m dressed like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman, or fully covered, I don’t expect or deserve to be objectified.
For the people that catcall, understand that whatever your end-goal is, you’re a jerk, and you’re not going to get anything from it. It’s not funny for anyone besides you and the stupid people you associate with…
Below is a first-hand account of a “Day-in-the-life” working in New York City by my amazing friend Nicole. She rocks for her ability to be so blunt and insightful.
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