What gives you the right? To stare at my body as I walk by? To make lude comments towards me? To talk to me in such a demeaning manner? To make me feel so disgusting? You have no right to do any of this, nor does anybody else.
This is directed towards the men on the street that think catcalling is an acceptable thing to do. Having grown up NYC my life, I’m sad to say that catcalling has been a norm since I hit high school. I’ve learned to look past it, even ignore it most of the time, but every now and then I hear something that gets me riled up.
For instance, I am of Asian decesent and these “men” on the street feel it’s ok to call out “hello” in various Asian languages. This infuriates me for so many reasons. One being, just because of my appearance they assume my culture and act on it in a stupid, irrational manner. No, sir, I do not speak any language other than English. And so what if I did? What did you expect to happen? I would turn around and offer you my body? It’s incredibly offensive to hear this racism thrown at you in an already uncomfortable situation.
I’ve dealt with creepy, leering men in cities all over the world. Yet still to this day I cannot for the life of me understand why they think it is fine. Perhaps next time somebody makes a comment I should turn around and ask him if he would say that to his mother? Or perhaps his teenage daughter?
I beleive that to an extent, catcalling is a generational thing. From my experience, it’s usually older men who make the comments. The kids of my generation might stare and occasionally say something, but I think for the most part it’s the older men. This is a good thing (not the catcalling obviously), the idea that maybe the guys of me generation have moved past this disgusting habit. Instead, we’ve moved into the age of fuckboys. Yippee to us, am I right ladies?
Not yippee, actually more like yuck. This disgusting treatement must come to a stop. Men, boys, everybody should learn to respect each other. To not objectify the opposite sex, or even the same sex for that matter. The cycle of disrespect must come to an end.