Taking Back the Streets
Women share their experiences with catcalling, discuss why it’s harmful and how it contributes to toxic masculinity.
Catcalling is a part of women’s day-to-day lives. Although these everyday occurrences might seem harmless to some, it often causes women to fear for their safety. Catcalling also begins at an early age, typically around 13. I spoke with women about their experiences with catcalling, including Sophie Sandberg, the founder of Catcalls of NYC — an instagram account with a mission to call out the catcallers. Despite the disgusting nature of this verbal harassment, these women still have hope that we can see a shift in our society when it comes to gender roles: men shouldn’t feel the need to harass in order to prove their masculinity.