Woman in NYC Gets 108 Catcalls in 10 Hours

Video captures relentless comments
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 28, 2014 5:49 PM CDT

(Newser) – Video of a woman who walks around New York City for 10 hours makes one thing very clear: It can be "exhausting" to be a woman, observes Jessica Roy at New York mag. How else to describe what's it's like to listen to the relentless stream of catcalls from guys of all kinds? To be precise, Shoshana Roberts recorded 108 over that stretch, with the camera tucked away in a backpack of someone walking in front of her, explains the website Hollaback! The site is dedicated to stopping what it calls street harassment.

Roberts, dressed in a T-shirt, jeans, and sneakers, got lots of remarks of the "Hey Baby" variety, along with what Gothamist calls the "most infuriating" type of catcall: A guy scolds her, "Somebody's acknowledging you for being beautiful—you should say thank you!" Writes Jen Carlson: "Ladies whenever will we learn to smile and thank our street harassers?" The creepiest encounter might be another guy who walked silently by Roberts' side for five minutes after his opening remark failed to get a response.

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