Catcallin’. Why? (Barely edited freewrite)

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As I’m about to sit down at the busstop bench after grocery shopping, a woman asked me a question.  Normally, I’m annoyed by strangers asking me shit while I am minding my own business, but my gut was like “listen to this person”.  She asked me why do men feel the need to catcall and holla at women for sexual favors.  I was thrown off by this question, given I don’t catcall women or try to talk to them for sex (plus you don’t do that in general towards women on some respect shit).  I replied with “people, mainly men, are stupid and ain’t go respect for women.”

She followed up with “I’m from Arkansas and I never had men catcall me and try to offer me for sex down there, but here in St. Louis, I had different dudes asking me for that shit. I don’t sell my body!  I make an honest living. I don’t like this.”  I explain to her that St. Louis folks (for the most part), are ignorant and tend to be on some stupid ass shit for no reason (catcalling is an universal thing yes but I can assume the Southern parts of America are on that respect thing, compared to St. Louis and the Midwest from what Southerners have told me coming up here)

I can’t say I understand her pain because I’m not a woman, and will never experience the bullshit women go through, but at the same time, it upset me that this woman had to deal with this.

I don’t get it.  Why do dudes feel entitled to do goofy ass shit like cat calling towards women? I mean yea, I had holla at a woman with a rather vulgar line (a line I can’t really repeat here) when I was 16 and trying to fit in with the boys,  but  now that I’m a grown ass man, I don’t see the joy of making a woman uncomfortable with tasteless words, yelling with pretty much harassment. At what point when dudes felt entitled to say such fucked up things to women?

  (Regular nerd related posts will return later tonight)

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