There was nothing cute about catcalling back in the day and that there’s definitely nothing cute about it in 2017.
That’s why one London woman took it upon herself to make a major statement that it’s never ok – and the resulting now viral video should be a mandatory must-see for, well, pretty much anyone.
Footage filmed from a motorcyclist’s go-pro camera shows the female cyclist being brutally harassed by men in a nearby van. The typical pick-up lines (“can I have your number?”) quickly escalate to blatant verbal abuse that culminates with the always “classy” misogynistic question: “Are you on your period?”
The men then drive off down the street.
But the cyclist wasn’t letting them get away with it so easily. She gets into gear and quickly catches up with the van and pulls off its side mirror – and it’s all brilliantly caught on camera.
The misguided men clearly weren’t informed that, in other parts of the UK, catcalling is actually now considered a crime. In Nottinghamshire, England women who are targeted because of their gender can now seek intervention from the police on the grounds that it’s considered a hate crime.
If you need a little clarity – and it seems the world does – this is how Nottinghamshire describes it:
“Misogyny hate crime, in addition to the general hate crime definition, may be understood as incidents against women that are motivated by an attitude of a man towards a woman, and includes behaviour targeted towards a woman by men simply because they are a woman.”
Despite the collective societal dialogue that tells us that catcalling is so out and female empowerment is all the rage, it seems many still aren’t getting the memo. In fact, more than 80 per cent of Canadian women have reported unwanted, lewd verbal advances from strangers on the street.
And there’s nothing progressive about that.
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