A woman wearing jeans and a crewneck t-shirt walked around NYC for ten hours with a hidden (to everyone else) camera fixed on her. Below is the result, which features a greatest hits of catcalls, like: “Smile!” and “Hey baby!” Also featured is the most infuriating catcall of all: “Somebody’s acknowledging you for being beautiful—you should say thank you!” Ladies whenever will we learn to smile and thank our street harassers?
On the non-verbal side, there’s a cameo by the creepy lingerer who decides to walk right next to you forever like you’re on you’re on a goddamn first date or something.
The PSA, highlighting the impact of street harassment, was put together by Rob Bliss and Hollaback—they explain that the woman, Shoshana B. Roberts, “volunteered to be the subject… For 10 hours, Rob walked in front of Shoshana with a camera in his backpack, while Shoshana walked silently with two mics in her hands.”
Bliss says he wanted to create this “because I think a lot of men don’t understand the collective weight that this harassment causes. They see it as just an innocent ‘compliment’ but are missing the forest for the trees.”
Wait a second – Isn’t NYC a bastion of liberalism?? Aren’t all of us bumpkins and goobers supposed to act more like civilized urbanites?
If you watch the video you’ll see that most of the incidents recorded were nothing more than guys saying hello to a pretty girl on the street. I’m not sure we could do anything about that if we wanted to.
Watch the video and pay attention to who is doing the catcalling. I didn’t notice a single redneck or hillbilly say a word.
Anyway, this is the Feminist Fauxrage of the Week. Enjoy!