Being catcalled is an uncomfortable experience at best and a dangerous experience at it's worst, so one Aussie woman has shared a tactic she used that left her catcalling assailant more than a little embarrassed.
Daphne Berry was out walking on Friday when a man catcalled her from a construction site. Instead of ignoring the unwanted advances, in a moment of quick thinking she used well-known content creator, Kyle Prue's recommended response for catcallers from his 'How To Upset Men' TikTok series — and it did not disappoint.
"This man just catcalled me out the front of a construction site so I yelled back at him 'sorry, I don’t have any change,'" she shared in her video that has now amassed over 3.3 million views.
"And the way that all the men on the construction site started laughing at him and pointing at him and making him feel so sh*t. It’s that simple".
Responses have poured in
Reactions have almost unanimously been from people supporting Daphne's response to the man who catcalled her.
"As a construction worker (who respects people) this is f***ing hilarious," commented one construction worker.
"I love this, definitely trying," replied a woman looking to add this to her repertoire.
Other's have shared the perfect responses they use in similar circumstances.
"One of my fav ones is telling them to say something funny when they tell me to smile. They always look weirdly confused," one commenter shared.
"'Sorry I can't bring home any more stray dogs!' Is one of my favourites," said another.
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The far more sinister side to catcalling
Among the jokes and laughter was the sinister truth, that catcalling can be a form of harassment and it's terrifying for many women.
"I’d do this but I’m not ready to die," one person responded, to which many others replied with their agreement.
"Even saying that can be dangerous. Glad you’re safe," said another, highlighting the fear so many women have.
According to The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) analysis of Personal Safety Survey (PSS) data from 2016, 1 in 2 women (53%) have experienced sexual harassment in their lifetime. And, according to a study conducted by market research organisation IPSOS with L'Oréal Paris, 78% of Australian women have experienced sexual harassment in public spaces.
Is catcalling illegal?
Catcalling can be considered a form of sexual harassment which is any unwelcome sexual advance or behaviour. Sexual harassment is illegal under the Commonwealth Sex Discrimination Act 1984.
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