Buzzfeed Says This Is “What Men Are Really Saying When Catcalling Women”

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The other day, I heard about this video but I didn’t watch it. Not that i’m not interested in the discussion around street harassment because I am. But because there’s a ton of videos from various sources coming out every other day and it’s a lot to keep up with. Without further adieu, here’s the video.

And… after I watched the video I thought to myself… I mean… ok.

Then I realized that a lot of people agreed with me. The video falls short of really capturing what street harassment really is about. To me, it’s not so much about saying offensive things to women or an inner insecurity. It’s about the mentality that you actually can harass a woman on the street. I wonder if that’s clear. Maybe a better way of saying it is, privilege and entitlement.

Anyway, after watching the video, what are your thoughts on the video? Do you think it captures the problem accurately?

Dr. J

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  • Stacey

    As a woman that gets harassed every time I go out in DC. Especially Chinatown, I think the vid is pretty accurate.

    There are old men that are drunk, saying “blue jeans!” and it’s rude, I clearly have standards and wound never talk to them but they want the “power” of knowing they “made” men speak. It all boils down to power over women. Fear, and force.

    I don’t speak. Unless I feel threatened. I’m not obligated to speak to anyone. I would never aggressively say “how you doin blue jeans?” then get mad cuz dude didn’t respond to that bullshit.

    Harassment of women has become too normal everywhere. Tired of hearing, “oh, so you think you bad cuz you played me” Like really!?

    The issue with the vid is the delivery. We need a redo on the streets of NY or DC with rougher looking men. I’ve never had men that look the way these men do cat call me, usually randoms just hanging on the street that don’t have shit else to do.

  • Jas T B

    Not gonna lie, ole dude dancing made me die laughing. I think it wasn’t to be taken too seriously and more for comedic relief to spark discussion by making light of an awkward topic…

  • Lashuntrice

    The video is hilarious, but I don’t think it brings any attention to street harassment.