Why Catcalling Guys And Guys Defending Catcalling Guys Are Wrong

john pavlovitz

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Hey Catcalling Guy and Guy Defending Catcalling Guy:

You’re wrong.

Your behavior when you see a strange female walk by you on the street isn’t appropriate.

It isn’t complimentary.
It isn’t cute.

It isn’t classy.
It isn’t decent.
It isn’t flattering.
It isn’t the right thing to do.

You want to know why it isn’t any of those things?

Women are telling you it isn’t, that’s why.

Regardless of the intent, or the rationale, or the spin, or whatever twisted justification you want to make about your actions, the actual recipients of these misguided advances are letting you know that it’s frightening.

They’re telling you that it’s intimidating, that it disrupts their lives, that it makes them fear for their safety, that it makes them self-conscious, and in general, that it damages them.

They’re letting you know that the net effect of the remarks you make isn’t attractive; it’s creepy.

Arguing with women when they tell…

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