Table of contents:
- Know What Catcalling Is
- Shapes of Catcalling
- The Reason Someone Catcalling
- How to Respond to Catcalling
“Hey, Beautiful”, “Wow, that's really sexy”, maybe some women have heard these sentences while walking on the sidewalk or on public transportation. If it is said in a seductive gesture especially accompanied by whistles and shouts, it could be that the perpetrator is doing catcalling
This catcalling phenomenon is still often encountered. In addition to making restless, this treatment can also have a negative impact on the psychology of the victim. Then, what does catcalling actually look like and how do you deal with it? Come on, learn more about catcalling through this article.
Know What Catcalling Is
Catcalling is a form of street harassment, which is making sensual comments in a seductive tone in a public place. The perpetrators of catcalling are referred to as catcallers.
Catcalling is most often experienced by women. However, it is possible that men can also experience it.
This behavior tends to be unsettling and can cause the victim to feel afraid, anxious, and insecure. Unfortunately, there are still many people who understand and think that catcalling is a joke and a joke.
Shapes of Catcalling
In doing catcalling, catcallers usually speak in a friendly tone and show seductive gestures. Catcaller can perform the action alone or in a group with his friends.
The following are some important forms of catcalling for you to know:
- Put a compliment sentence, for example “Good morning, Beautiful.” or “It smells so good, where are you going?”
- Spewing sensual sentences, for example, “The body is really good, have a look.”
- Giving vulgar gestures, such as blinking, whistling, giving lustful glances, biting the lower lip, sticking out tongue, waving, or making kissing sounds
- Obstructing the road or stalking to the destination
The Reason Someone Catcalling
A study states, not a few catcallers think that the calls are just a fad. They admitted that this behavior was done spontaneously because they wanted to flatter and did not intend to humiliate or hurt the victim.
Many other catcallers do catcalling with the aim of showing interest and expecting a response from the victim, such as the victim responding to what the perpetrator said by giving a smile or feeling flattered.
Not a few catcallers actually want a negative response from the victim, such as surprise, fear, and anger.
In addition, the study also explained that a small proportion of catcallers do catcalls on the basis of excessive misogynistic hatred of women or an attitude of rejecting feminism.
How to Respond to Catcalling
Catcalling can make victims feel uncomfortable, embarrassed, sad, afraid, angry, even low self-esteem, because they feel that their appearance is "inviting" other people's comments.
Not infrequently, victims of catcalling also feel traumatized so they often feel nauseated, numb, and have difficulty breathing, if they remember what the perpetrator said or treated him with. In some victims, if the treatment is allowed to continue, the condition can develop into PTSD.
Then, what is the proper way to respond to catcalling ? Here are some tips that you can do:
- Tell the perpetrator calmly but with a firm intonation that their behavior is unacceptable.
- If the catcaller is following or following you, try to stay in a crowded place so you can ask someone else for help if the perpetrator's actions start to feel dangerous.
- If the behavior is repeated, report the incident to local security officers or authorities and seek protection from the relevant parties.
- Don't be alone and try to avoid locations where the perpetrators often do catcalling.
It's not always easy to avoid let alone prevent catcalling. However, letting the perpetrator take action and not taking action will only make the catcaller worse.
If you still have questions related to the catcalling phenomenon or have felt the psychological impact of this treatment, don't hesitate to consult a psychologist or doctor to get the right treatment solution, OK.