Street harassment totally sucks. It’s awful. Since I moved to New York, I’ve gotten catcalled every single day. It’s really annoying. At first it wasn’t that bad, but now it’s just like “REALLY? AGAIN?!”
And street harassers think you should be flattered, which is just gross. I am not flattered that you shouted a disgusting slew of words describing what you’d like to do to me. It’s actually really offensive.
If you compliment me and tell me you like my shoes or that I have nice hair, I don’t mind. I will smile and say “Thank you” and move on, probably in a good mood. But telling me to smile or yelling “Hey Sweetie, I’d like to [insert obscene phrase here]” is not okay. Ever.
I’ve been getting creative with my responses to catcalls because 1. my morning routine is getting a little lackluster and 2. I think it’s only fair. So here are my favorite responses to catcallers:
Shout "THANKS!" in a super obnoxious voice. It makes it really obvious that you heard the catcall and will make it obvious to bystanders too.
My Cat Died So...No
When someone tells you to smile (which you don't HAVE to smile), say something like "My cat just died" or "I just got really bad news, so no" to make your point.
Oh I Know!
If someone shouts a gross compliment at you, shout out that you know. Of course you look hot. DUH.
I'm On The Phone With My Grandmother
I've used this before and it causes a lot of embarrassment. They wouldn't want their own grandmother hearing what they just said to you!
Catcall Them Right Back
Start shouting catcalls back at them! They won't know what to do, and they'll realize (hopefully) how rude it is.
YES LET'S GO HAVE SEX RIGHT NOW
This happened to Miranda in an episode of Sex and the City, and the guys who harassed her were all like "Woah! We're married!" It was hysterical.
Don't Say Anything
Honestly, the best thing to do is to not say anything at all. It's really frustrating to deal with street harassment, but ignoring it is your best and safest bet.
Do you ever deal with street harassment? What do you do about it? Tell us in the comments!