Or, phrased a different way - would these guys be likely to holler appreciation to other guys? ("Whoa, dude, great pecs! Keep up the great workout!") Probably not. And if you accept that they wouldn't be likely to do that to other guys - have you considered why that might be?
Yea, i really think the people who are going "well it's not ALL bad, so you should calm down" or whatever should really reflect on what they're doing, and who they're defending here and why.
(I have talked about my own experience with catcalls and my sense that they are in and of themselves hostile acts nearly eight months ago.)
I'd also like to reiterate the fact that after years (decades) of being on the receiving end of such harassment, you do indeed start to develop a "feel" for various types of harassers as well as awful internal flow charts that help you quickly sort through your options in real time. Individual instances of harassment often involve intense psychological calculus, as you try to gain your composure to a degree that will allow you to meaningfully assess possible triggers and map out your escape route. It's obviously much more pressing when you're alone, but you still start planning automatically even if you're in a crowd.
I really can't overstate how insidious and poisonous it is to know, in your deepest heart of hearts, that you could well be assaulted, raped, or even killed if the person who is harassing you decides to try to follow or isolate you, and that you will be blamed for whatever might happen no matter what you do. The myth of the "appropriate response" is an incredibly damaging one.
Because it doesn't have the edge of aggression or menace to it that street harassment does. It's not about making me feel unwelcome, it's not a power play, and it's not about trying to assert dominance -- it's an actual friendly interaction.
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