Catcalling and Street Harassment Should Absolutely Be a Crime
J.J. Colagrande 11/19/14 11:17 AM ET
This article might be a little bit late to the catcalling party, but this issue isn’t a party, nor is it going anywhere. In fact, this issue should continue to be examined, articulated and pressed forward with the legitimate chance of actualizing legislation to ensure that catcalling and street harassment is a prosecutable crime.
This is not a first amendment issue.
This is not merely a matter of creepiness or rudeness or uptight citizens. To have the viewpoint that it’s okay to scream or even speak complimentary or rude remarks regarding a stranger’s physical appearance is antiquated and barbaric and incredibly politically incorrect. In the very least, catcalling and street harassment is chauvinistic, misogynistic, sexist and rude. In the most, it’s an invasion of privacy, a disturbance of peace, sexual harassment, and a slippery slope towards a possible assault or abuse, either physically or mentally. This isn’t a feminist issue. It’s a societal problem.
We have to protect our daughters, sons and each other.
The fact that anyone (not necessarily just a pretty woman) can’t walk down a city street without having to be engaged is wrong. It is public disorder and borderline chaos. If a judge or prosecutor doesn’t see catcalling as disturbing the peace, they’re living in another era. No one wants a felony for catcalling or street harassment, but having law enforcement police the issue isn’t asking too much, it’s asking for a little.
What’s wrong with issuing a few tickets?
Consider it like driving without a seat belt. The more tickets a cop issued, the more society buckled up. This should be common sense, not a wedge issue.
Hollaback is the preeminent non-profit organization committed to this. To keep an eye on the evolution of this issue, or, to get more information, check out their website.
And be nice out there. This isn’t funny or a joke. This is simply about respect.