A YouTube video called ’10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Woman’ has gone viral. The nearly two minute video shows Shoshana Roberts walking around New York City. She endures catcalling – .whistles and comments – from males on the streets.
This video has called attention to issues faced by women such as sexual and verbal harassment especially in public spaces.
According to Vox.com, the video was produced by Hollaback which is an organization against “street harassment and intimidation.”
As a woman I can sympathize with Shoshana Roberts. Catcalling is an issue that does not get enough attention in our society.
It’s one thing to compliment a lady but it is another thing to call her all kind of obscene names and hurl several suggestive comments at her.
It’s very sad and upsetting when the person catcalling turns to abusive language after being rejected or ignored.
Sadly, I have to admit that perhaps the reason why some have continued to exhibit this negative behaviour is because some women actually respond to their demands. This acceptance suggests that the catcalling is ok.
I do not know about anyone else but if a gentleman wants to know me he needs to show some class and respect.
“Yow, mi cyaan get yuh numbah?” (yow, can I get your number?) does not warrant a response.
You can watch the video of Shoshana’s experience here: