Why Men Don’t Understand Street Harassment

Thought Catalog


I looked up the word catcall in multiple dictionaries and found only two definitions;

1. A shrill whistle or shout of disapproval, typically one made at a public meeting or performance.

2. A loud whistle or a comment of a sexual nature made by a man to a passing woman.

So there you have it. Either a phrase of disapproval or a sexual comment made by a man to a passing woman. These were the only two definitions that I could find, (even Urban Dictionary agreed.) So, when you hear someone try to refer to catcalls as friendly, harmless, or fun, they are literally wrong by definition.

If I didn’t know any better I would say the definition of catcall came straight out of the definition for street harassment.

So let’s just call catcalling what it really is; street harassment.

A lot of men don’t seem to understand what…

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