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Catcalling and the Stupidity Surrounding It

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So this is gonna be a little bit of a rant. Lil’ bit angry. Lil’ bit sad.
So How many of you lovely ladies have been catcalled? It’s stupid. Yes, yell obsene things out your window at me. Woo me with your words. Not.
I’ve only ever been catcalled once. He yelled out his window as I was walking to get coffee. Fifteen and I’ve only ever been catcalled once. It was defiling, rude and stupid. Yet I see people complaining about it and since it almost never happens to me I wonder is there something wrong with me, that I’m not sexually harassed on the streets. Does the lack of objectification mean in not pretty enough? What wrong with me that nothing happens to me when I walk through downtown.
That is so bleeping stupid! I shouldn’t feel bad that people I’ve never met don’t disrespect me! But everytime a friend complains about it I feel horrible because nobody looks at me in a sexually or appealing way! Is it because I’m flat chested or because of the moles all over my body? I don’t know. But what I do know is that I shouldn’t put my worth in being verbally harassed on a daily basis.
What kind of society has been created around us that this happens? Ugh!

September 7, 2016 at 20:40


I always say you don’t need strangers shouting at you to feel good about yourself 😉

But seriously, the way you feel is completely understandable. When I was younger–even though it’s disrespectful–I liked the attention I received. It’s completely natural.
Now that I’m older and more comfortable with myself, I don’t need that sort of affirmation, and prefer for strange men to keep their thoughts and stares to themselves. I have a lot to do and like to stay focused (in my “bubble” I guess) and able to think about whatever without having to worry about being startled by some strange whistle or shout.

One other thing though (and I’d be interested in hearing y’alls thoughts on this) I don’t think it’s disrespectful if a man just says something like “you’re beautiful!” or whatever.

But anyway, I don’t respond and rarely even look up when someone whistles or shouts. I’m not a puppy 🙂

And honestly, be thankful that strange men are not looking at you in a sexual way. You’re only 15, that’s very young.
But don’t worry, at some point I’m sure you will be catcalled but by then you will wish it wasn’t happening 😛 Also, I would assume the part of town you live in is just better, and that’s why you are not being catcalled, or you mentioned you were very thin once (I think anyway) so maybe you just look younger than your age right now.

September 7, 2016 at 21:46


Like AdventureGirl said, they’re probably not catcalling you if you look young for your age.

You’re not missing out on anything 😆 There’s one street near my neighborhood where I have been catcalled more than once, only ever by much older men (I mean much older than me). Trust me, there’s nothing nice about a car full of 30-40-year- old men shouting at you, especially when you’re walking alone and nobody else is on the street. I honestly don’t know what it is about that particular street, but I’m always a bit on edge when I’m walking/biking there..

September 8, 2016 at 06:16
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