Catcalls are something every woman has experienced and is expected to live with. After all, it’s just a compliment, right? What’s the big deal?
The big deal is that not only is street harassment an invasive and dehumanizing experience for women, but it perpetuates the “boys will be boys” mentality that men can’t help but look, and that women should be flattered by the attention. It’s a disturbing gender dynamic that has become acceptable social behavior.
And if you need help seeing the absurdity of this practice, all you have to do is flip the tables, as this BuzzFeed parody did.