Ask McFartnuggets: “Why Do Women Get Catcalled So Much These Days?”

Dear McFartnuggets: 
You see all these videos on the internet now of women being catcalled on the street by men. Is it just me or is this a new thing? I’ve been living in a city for years and I’ve maybe only once seen or heard a woman getting catcalled. I see men turning around to look at a woman’s ass, but for the most part they don’t say anything at least loud enough for me to hear. From these videos it’s happening to even only mildly attractive women at least 30 times a day on a simple five minute walk. Why do people even care? It’s just the same homeless guys and drug addicts every time. Why do we put so much stock into what these morons have to say? Clearly they’re just lonely sad dudes who have nothing better to do than just stand on a sidewalk all day hollering at women. Why should their words matter to anyone? -- Mike from Seattle, Washington

Dear Mike:
Well, I think it really depends on the type of neighborhood you’re in. Also, if you’re not the woman being catcalled, you might not have any idea it’s happening. Usually the men say these things just loud enough for the woman to hear. And yes, they are usually hobos and crack addicts which is why women have been able to ignore it for so long. These days with the internet and hidden cameras, and an increased concern about sexual harassment, catcalling is much more visible. It’s like autism. It seems like a new pandemic, but it was happening all along, there just weren’t as many diagnoses. I think if anything, the economy is increasing the instances of catcalling. If you’ve got more unemployed folks out there on the streets with nothing else to do, then yeah they’re going to get drunk and shout at women. It’s a sad reality of life in these times.

If a homeless man catcalls you, it's probably just to be acknowledged.

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