While saying hi to a woman, wishing her a good day, or complementing her without using sexual language, is considered to be a conversation; whistling at a woman as they walk past you on the street, telling a random woman that she has nice tits/a good bum/great legs/small waist/big lips or beeping at a woman from your car, is not only derogatory towards women, but is actually a form of sexual harassment.
Trying to justify catcalling as a way of appreciating a woman’s beauty is nothing but disgusting. Men, there is a fine line between complementing and catcalling, try not to cross it!
For those of you who still haven’t figured out what catcalling means, this is how the urban dictionary defines it, “When a guy gives the wert whirl whistle or yells at a baby doll for the purpose of getting attention and in hopes of a future hookup.This is usually done out of the window of a car. Typically a Pontiac Firebird, or Camaro. 99.9% a hookup never arises and it's just the thrill that keeps these going.”
While the term ‘catcalling’ may be new, it is a problem almost all women face on a daily basis. And yet whenever women talk about catcalling, they’re often shouted down by guys who dismiss their worries or anger as being snowflaky emotions. ‘Oh, so a man can’t even say a nice thing to a woman these days without being branded a rapist?!?!’, they yell.
Something similar happened with the 20-year-old student from Amsterdam, Noa Jansma, who found another way to respond. Throughout the month of September, she took a selfie with every single creep who harassed her and uploaded them on Instagram, captioning each one with the words of her abusers. The results are pretty disturbing.
What is also saddening is the fact that, rather than empathising with her plight, quite a few guys commented saying that she should basically just get over it.
From January 1st, 2018, catcalling will be punishable by law in Jansma's native Netherlands, and violators will be subject to fines of up to 190 euros ($220). If her daring project continues to go viral, perhaps more nations will follow suit.
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