- The Washington Times - Monday, August 18, 2014


Over half of all Americans - 56 percent - have been subjected to public catcalls. Yes, both men and women have heard the old “hey baby” stuff. Interestingly enough, the exact same numbers say they also delivered their share of cat calls, with more women admitting it than men, 59 percent to 54 percent, respectively. This comes from a new YouGov poll released Friday.

Yes, the public agrees that the street corner practice is bad: About three-fourths of Americans say it’s ‘never appropriate’ to holler out such comments, while over half say it’s harassment. Then there’s the nature of the offense.

“Should the police give tickets or even arrest people who make catcalls?” the poll asked. Almost two-thirds said no, a sentiment shared by 75 percent of Republicans, 64 percent of Democrats and 61 percent of independents.

There’s a gender divide here, though. Seven out of 10 men say the public comments do not warrant a ticket, compared to 59 percent of women.

“Commentators and feminists have been paying growing attention to catcalling, arguing that it represents an unacceptable assertion of power by men in public over the bodies of women. Others, however, argue that it’s just a bit of fun,” observes Peter Moore, a YouGov analyst.

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