Bravery is hard when it comes to catcalling. As someone who always has some sort of comeback for anything, catcalling almost always leaves me silent. But this issue has become extremely prevalent in today’s society, and cat-callers need to be called out on this, so I have a few tips on how to respond to catcalls:
- Give him the good ol’ middle finger.
- If you’re not facing him, look back and give the ugliest face you can make—that will definitely make them think twice about his offensive comments.
- Make intense eye contact and keep walking, make him as uncomfortable as possible.
- After making a comment about you or your body, just turn around and say “thanks” in the deepest voice you can make, and then laugh at his bewildered face as you confidently walk away.
- Ask him if he would talk to his mother or (future) daughters like the way he does to you.
- Repeat the same remarks back at him. That’ll give him a little taste of his own medicine.
- But if all else fails, silence is the deadliest weapon. Most of the time, attention is what they want, so not giving them what they want just might make them lay off.
Catcalling is not a compliment, it’s harassment; so the next time you’re whistled or called at, go show ‘em who’s boss. 😉
With love, Sidney