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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Cat-Calling: Flattery or Not?

I found this really great article on HelloGiggles about cat-calling and how it shouldn't be considered a form of flattery.  I won't go into too much detail about the article, but the basic gist is that cat-calling is offensive and a symptom of a society that unintentionally demeans women.

Source: HelloGiggles

Now, my life isn't a rap video or anything, but I do get a cat-call from time to time.  When you live in the city it's something that you really can't avoid like pigeons or crazy people.

I can't say I get overly offended by it.  Most of the time I just laugh at the absurdity of someone thinking that a honk, whistle or cat-call constitutes as actual communication.  Do they really expect you to respond with anything besides an eye roll or pointed ignorance?  I can't really imagine someone going up to a cat-caller and saying, "Gee whiz, thanks for that very loud and somewhat inappropriate greeting.  Let's exchange digits."

Hey Victor Lazlo, let's go whistle at some girls and make lasting love connections.

In general, I take it for what it is (absurd) and move on with my day.  Just as there will always be pigeons flying toward me at random (seriously pigeons, stop doing that) there will always be weirdos acting like...well...weirdos.

What do you guys think? 


  1. Cat calling usually doesn't bother me too much. It usually happens so fast it's over before I even register what's been said! :)

  2. Yeah, I completely agree with you on this one. It's unavoidable, but like you I usually just roll my eyes and ignore them.

    1. It's better than gratifying them with an actual response.