According to the dictionary catcalling is when someone makes a whistle, shout, or comment of a sexual nature to a woman passing by. I’ve been catcalled quite a few times, especially on my college campus. I think is because I am out more in my college town. Catcalling makes me feel unsafe and uncomfortable.
Once I was down the side-walk in my college town and someone on a scooter honked at me and gave me a head nod. Now that’s not so bad. I don’t usually mind when people do this to me. But others do bother me.
Once I was crossing the street and in the car waiting for me, a man called out “Yeah, shake that booty.” and started laughing. That was offensive to me. That one made me cry when I got home. I felt unsafe in my environment.
Another time I was walking down another side-walk and a man started yelling something in Chinese at me while he drove past. This one just made me think of why people would catcall. It’s so unnecessary.
One way to deal with it is to call them out on it. This might be difficult in the moment because it can throw you off guard but it is worth the effort to let them know what they did was wrong. Say something clever back to them.
If you don’t want to do that then another way is to ignore catcallers. Don’t look at them or even acknowledge that they are there. Don’t give them the satisfaction that they made an impact on you even if they did.
Make sure to take care of you. If you feel like crying after being catcalled, do it. If you feel like yelling something back at them, do it. Just make sure you are safe and recognizing what you need to do for yourself.