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:
Do you ever deal with street harassment? What do you do about it? Tell us in the comments!