What Does Catcalling Feel Like?

If you’ve ever been catcalled then you know that it doesn’t feel great, and in reality it makes you feel dirty.

I don’t think I’ve ever felt good after having a man degrade me on the straight, and I think it’s safe to say that a majority of girls feel the same way.

I promise I wasn’t “asking for it” as I walked down the street in my business professional suit.

Too often are we as women expected to feel good about a man appreciating the way that we look, but I would rather someone that I love and care about tell me that I’m beautiful-not some stranger on the street.

After multiple discussions with friends and classmates on the idea of catcalling, most have said that they feel as though it takes away their independence and freedom.

“Why is it an issue for me to go on a run down Milledge Ave?”

“Why can’t I do something good for myself?”

“Why can’t I walk down the street by myself, regardless of the time of day, without feeling like men are going to be hollering at me?”

These are some of the things that were said in my discussions with my friends. So often do young girls feel like they can’t be by themselves out of fear of what is going to said or done to them.

Catcalling isn’t cute, it doesn’t make me feel good about myself, and it sure as hell doesn’t make me want to have sex with the men calling at me.

Katelyn S.

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