(Closed) Calling out Catcallers

posted 4 years ago in Fitness
Post # 16
547 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

vegjules:  Catcalling is not a compliment and is not intended to be a compliment, as much as the catcallers would like you to believe it is. It’s sexually aggressive behavior that is excused because ‘boys will be boys’ and all that other bullshit. It is rude, obnoxious, aggressive, and intimidating. I have been given actual compliments by men on the streets before: “I love your outfit”, etc….which makes me feel really great. But that is VERY different from someone whistling, shouting obscenities or other adjectives about my appearance that just make me feel like a piece of meat. I can’t wait for the days when I can walk down the streets without headphones in and not hear men shout about my ass or legs.

Post # 17
8668 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

justwondering2015:  Some jerk was catcalling me one night as I was walking down the street WITH MY MOM. Then he did the “hey girl smile” which – don’t get me started. I think that any woman who murders someone for saying that to her is legit justified.  I ignored it and kept walking and then he yells “geez lady – why did you raise your daughter to be such a fucking bitch?”   oh HELLLLLL NO dude! No one talks to my momma that way! I turned on my heel, got right up his face and gave him two pieces of my mind! I made quite a scene and other people on the street were watching me. Even thinking about it right now is getting me all pissed off again. 

Post # 18
2013 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

nattybeee:  My husband is 37 and we rollerblade frequently for exercise in the summer.

justwondering2015:  Good for you, OP! They may not have been outright “catcalling” you, but you’re dead-on when you say that what they were doing was an intimidation tactic. Losers.

Post # 19
2180 posts
Buzzing bee

vegjules:  Thanks for the hot life tip! I’ll be sure to smile and thank the man who is following me down the street muttering under his breath about my ass, or the man who drops down next to me on the train and asks where I’m going and if he can come with me. I’m sure I’ll really miss being made to feel unsafe in public, it’s just so much fun right now. 

Post # 22
234 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

Don’t forget to, “smile honey.”

Post # 24
520 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

It’s never a compliment…it’s creepy.

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Post # 25
520 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

vegjules:  You’re kidding….right? I am 56 and I don’t miss a second of it (unfortunately, I still get it once in a while and it still makes me feel terrible).

Post # 26
2552 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

justwondering2015:  To get to my running trail I have to go about half a mile along a street. And I get honked at, a lot. Several times I’ve been startled and almost fell as a result. Once the car was literally 3 feet away, if you’ve ever heard one from that close you know a car horn is LOUD. And not that it should matter, because we should be free to wear as little as the law allows without being harassed, but I do not run in crop tops and booty shorts, I’m pretty covered up. I never get to confront these asshats because they’re driving away at 40mph. So thank you for living out my fantasy.

Post # 27
608 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

delena76:  I started getting really agressive about people telling me to smile my last year of college. My responses ranged from, “Don’t ever tell a woman what to do with her body” to “Do you make a habit of instructing strangers on what to do with his or her body?” to “Is your manager a woman? Great. Can you get her for me?”

I’m just walking along, listening to music, minding my own business and my resting bitch face has nothing to do with you, and effects your life in literally no way. I don’t know when, why, or how people started thinking it was okay to tell strangers to smile.

As for catcalling – ew. I honestly would have tripped one of them as they circled me. They weren’t encouraging you, and I can’t imagine that they genuinely thought they were, either. “Keep up the good work!” as you pass by on rollerblades is completely different than passing by, coming back, and going in circles around you.

Post # 28
5876 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

justwondering2015:  Wow, that’s a pretty agressive case of catcalling!  While the “good jobs” seem nice, being circled by two strange young men sounds really weird and off putting.

I’ll be honest and say that I’ve always felt sort of confused by catcalling.  Sometimes it does feel like a compliment.  But sometimes it feels really threatening, even if it’s tame.  I remember walking down the street in a foreign city by myself and I had a young man shout out, “your beautiful!” as I passed him.  I was LIVID and I still am not really sure why.  I mean, it’s a nice thing to say and on another day I probably would have been like “go me” but in this case it just made me so mad, I think because I was already feeling vulnerable being all alone in a new place.  I stopped and looked at him and said, “you know, that’s very rude.”

I guess it is rude to just shout out your opinion of a strangers body on the street. 

I think this all operates on a really deep instinctual level and it’s all about a deep seeded fear of rape.  I think a man can only really experience the same feeling if he’s catcalled by another man, rather than by a woman.

Post # 29
2399 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

justwondering2015:  Yeah if someone is running with ear phones in and you want to encourage them I would say a solid thumbs up and a smile is plenty. Coming up to a strange woman alone in a park has me thinking should I punch you in the throat or groin first before I try to run away and call for help, because I think you might be about to attack me. 

Also, Unsolicited remarks from strangers are never a complement. I would make an exception for cases like band t-shirts, movie shirts, politcal ones etc,  “oh cool fellow fan, have a great day!” and be done. 

Post # 30
1311 posts
Bumble bee

Usually if a catcaller is rude I’ll say, “Fuck off!” Especially if they make sexual remarks. If it’s just something like “You’re beautiful” I’ll say thanks.

The other day a customer at work came up to me and said: “No disrespect, but for a big girl you take very nice care of yourself.” I was like wtf, he’s implying that bigger people are sweaty, stink, lazy, etc. I simply said, “don’t comment on my body, thanks.” The funny part is I’m not even large…? Lol

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