Catcalling Is Sexual Harassment
Politics and Activism

Catcalling Is Sexual Harassment

It's time to start calling it what it really is.


"Hey, sexy!"

"Give me a smile will ya?"

"That ass be looking good today!"

Believe it or not, I have heard all of these phrases or some other form of them more often than I should. This phenomenon, that I have come to know and hate, is called catcalling. The best definition I can give of this term is that unwarranted verbal advances of someone directed at someone else, mostly men to women. Some men may think that they are giving compliments to the women they are calling out, but there is a big difference between catcalling and compliments. I am here today to break down this difference.

For one thing, giving someone a compliment is a matter of politeness. For example, if someone came up to me and said, "I'm sorry to disturb you, but I just wanted to tell you that I think you're cute." I would probably be flustered but flattered. If someone were to come up to me and say, "Hey, girl, let me tap that ass" I would give them an eye roll and a snarky comment. Not only was the second comment inappropriate, it also gives off the vibe that that person feels some sort of entitlement and feels like he should get what he wants all the time.

The other big difference is that catcalling is basically sexual harassment. It makes most women feel uncomfortable and makes them feel as if they have to take extra measures to protect themselves. For example, carrying pepper spray, learning self-defense, or not walking alone at night.

What amazes me about this issue is that there are men out there who are not aware that women go through this on a daily basis. I have heard my male friends say, "You don't really hear those things," or, "You're just exaggerating." Hate to break it to you, but you're adding to the problem by turning a blind eye to it. I understand that it's hard to imagine what being a woman in the 21st century for you men, but the least you could do is listen to us when we say that there is a problem in the female experience that needs to be addressed. I'm not saying that all men are at fault for the growing problem of sexual harassment. Most men I meet on a daily basis are lovely to talk to. However, the nice ones are always overshadowed by the not-so-nice ones.

It's time to call catcalling what it actually is, sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is in fact against the law, for those who are not aware. It makes me angry when I hear stories from my roommates and other female friends on what they hear on a daily basis. My roommate even had a problem with a man who lives in our building and would constantly make advances to her. These comments may seem harmless to a lot of men out there, but it's a nuisance to us. We are not here to be subject to your remarks on our appearance or how much you would like to have sex with us. We live our lives, just like you, and that isn't going to change anytime soon.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

These 11 Face Masks On Etsy Support Small Businesses While Fighting The Spread Of Coronavirus

We're staying safe as states start lifting lockdown guidelines.

I, like most people who have had the luxury of being able to stay at home during this time, haven't spent much time outdoors at all. But when I do brave the great outdoors for a walk or to get to the grocery store, you won't find me without a mask.

My family and I were lucky enough to have family friends who were sewing some and had extras to give to us, but most of my friends and loved ones outside my immediate family have had to order some (or make a makeshift one out of scarves or bandanas).

Keep Reading... Show less

13 Reasons We're Using Quarantine As The Ultimate Excuse For Online Shopping This Month

The one thing we haven't distanced from is our bank account.

Throughout quarantine, I've been FaceTiming most of my friends in a full turtleneck or the go-to cozy sweater I keep wrapped around the chair in my room. Either way, I always have tea in my hands to keep myself warm — till this past week.

For most of the country who hasn't had the luck of quarantining in 90-degree weather on their family's lake house or with a backyard pool, things began to change this month. Our favorite shows came out with summer seasons, the sun came out, and we started spending more time outside.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

I Sat Down (Virtually) With Morgan Wooten To Talk About Coronavirus's Impact On The Wellness Industry

Just because coronavirus has greatly impacted the wellness industry doesn't mean wellness stops.

Morgan Wooten

If you're anything like me, your weekly fitness classes are a huge part of your routine. They keep me fit, healthy, and sane. Honestly, these classes help my mental health stay in tip-top shape just as much as they help my physical health.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, gyms and fitness studios are facing temporary closure. Yes, this means my personal routine is thrown a curveball, but this also means the wellness industry is one of many that is looking at unemployment and hardship. Do I miss my Monday spin class? Of course. But do the wellness professionals whose worlds were flipped upside down have a lot more to overcome than a slight change of routine? Absolutely. Thankfully, if anyone can prove the ultimate flexibility, it's the wellness industry.

Keep Reading... Show less

If you are a normal person who spends most of their time streaming TV shows, you'll know that "Friends" was taken off Netflix early in 2020. Given that a global pandemic followed shortly after, many diehard fans of the show stuck in quarantine have been experiencing significant Central Perk withdrawal.

Keep Reading... Show less
Student Life

How To Interview A Class Of 2020 Graduate

What they've been through is truly unprecedented.


No matter how you want to spin it, the Class of 2020 will be the first class graduating amidst a global pandemic.

Keep Reading... Show less

By now, it is safe to declare "Outer Banks" on Netflix as THE TV Show of quarantine.

"Tiger King" got out to an early lead, but since, the Pogues and the Kooks have owned pop culture conversations while everyone has been couped up this spring amidst a global pandemic. And if you are one of the very few people out there in the world that has not heard about "Outer Banks" and or haven't binged it yet, well...

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

I Spoke To A California ER Doctor About COVID-19, And Y'all, Our Healthcare Workers Know What's Up

In light of what's going on in the world, it's time to get some front-line perspective.

It seems like the only thing I do these days is scroll through social media in a desperate attempt to gain information. My phone has called me out on my screen time more than once, and I just continue to ignore it. You're probably in the same boat — stuck at home, scrolling deeper and deeper into a hole of conspiracy theories and possible "back to normalcy" dates, hungry for information.

While we know that the news is not our mental health's friend these days, getting reliable information is helpful and necessary.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments