Caterwauling Over Catcalling Criticism

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Caterwauling Over Catcalling Criticism

Hey baby, you got fries with that shake?” — some dopey guy to some ran­dom female walk­ing past

Every­lady and her mother has likely been the sub­ject of cat­calls at some point in her life. Some peo­ple can shrug it off, some can’t — some write arti­cles com­plain­ing about it and some write arti­cles com­plain­ing about the com­plainer. I expected, before read­ing the first arti­cle, that I’d find myself sid­ing with the writer of the sec­ond, but after read­ing both I find myself agree­ing and dis­agree­ing with both.

Cosmo writer, Alex Berg, decided to keep a log of every time she got cat­called at by ran­dom men and what she thinks it means in the con­text of social jus­tice (or what­ever). Daily Caller con­trib­u­tor, Jena Greene, wrote an arti­cle fisk­ing the Cosmo piece.

Greene mocks Berg for recall­ing the exact date, twenty years ago, when she was cat­called for the very first time, which seemed wor­thy of mock­ing until I saw in Berg’s arti­cle that the event was sig­nif­i­cant for her because she was only eleven years old and that she had also been groped.

Greene:

She starts with a fate­ful lede: “The sum­mer of 2017 marked a less-​than-​illustrious anniver­sary for me. It’s been 20 years since I was first catcalled.”

Oh come on. I was expect­ing some­thing like a 20 year anniver­sary since you were bit­ten by a shark or had to relo­cate because your house was swept away by a hur­ri­cane. Those are things worth mourning.

Mark­ing the anniver­sary of your first cat­call­ing is like mark­ing the date you first had to wait in line for a pub­lic restroom. It stinks but every­one goes through it.

Berg:

But, I wasn’t nearly as shook up then as when I was cat­called and groped for the first time when I was just 11 years-​old, wait­ing out­side of a recre­ation cen­ter for my par­ents to pick me up from gym­nas­tics practice.

And here I thought I was going to enjoy watch­ing an SJW snowflake get melted for over-​reacting to “microag­gres­sions” and I find myself think­ing I don’t blame Ms. Berg for feel­ing trau­ma­tized at all by the unwanted atten­tion and assaults on her person.

Greene goes on to crit­i­cize Berg for what Berg says she had been wear­ing or doing dur­ing the inci­dents she had logged and sug­gests she find some­thing bet­ter to do and cover her­self up. She accuses Berg of being inflam­ma­tory, while flam­ing her.

Berg wrote of con­fronting some of the men hol­ler­ing at her, and says she learned that some men were not aware that what they were doing was offen­sive and could make a per­son feel unsafe.

I never under­stood what would com­pel a man to shout stuff at strange women pass­ing by about her appear­ance or what they’d like to do to her; do any of them actu­ally expect that a lady is going to be impressed in a pos­i­tive way to the point of want­ing to date or hook up with them? What would they think if they saw some guy talk­ing to their mother, wife, sis­ter, or daugh­ter in such a manner?

I agree with Greene that nearly all females deal with this garbage at some point or other and that there are big­ger things to worry about in this life, but I also agree with Berg that it can feel intim­i­dat­ing. I give Berg credit for call­ing out some of the cat­callers and mak­ing them think about what they are doing.

The title of Greene’s arti­cle sates that Berg’s arti­cle on cat­call­ing “back­fired” on her, but I don’t quite see it that way, which is a sur­prise to me since I gen­er­ally dis­agree with the type of social com­men­tary that can be found at places such as Cos­mopoli­tan. In fact I never would have found that Cosmo arti­cle at all had it not been for the arti­cle crit­i­ciz­ing it in The Daily Caller, so in that sense, I guess it is actu­ally the DC post that “backfired”.

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MJ Steven­son, AKA Zilla, is best known on the web as Zilla at MareZilla​.com. She lives in a wood­land shack near a creek, in one of those rural parts of New York State that nobody knows or cares about, with her fam­ily and a large pack of guardian com­pan­ion ani­mals.

“Hey baby, you got fries with that shake?” – some dopey guy to some random female walking past

Everylady and her mother has likely been the subject of catcalls at some point in her life. Some people can shrug it off, some can’t – some write articles complaining about it and some write articles complaining about the complainer. I expected, before reading the first article, that I’d find myself siding with the writer of the second, but after reading both I find myself agreeing and disagreeing with both.

Cosmo writer, Alex Berg, decided to keep a log of every time she got catcalled at by random men and what she thinks it means in the context of social justice (or whatever). Daily Caller contributor, Jena Greene, wrote an article fisking the Cosmo piece.

Greene mocks Berg for recalling the exact date, twenty years ago, when she was catcalled for the very first time, which seemed worthy of mocking until I saw in Berg’s article that the event was significant for her because she was only eleven years old and that she had also been groped.

Greene:

She starts with a fateful lede: “The summer of 2017 marked a less-than-illustrious anniversary for me. It’s been 20 years since I was first catcalled.”

Oh come on. I was expecting something like a 20 year anniversary since you were bitten by a shark or had to relocate because your house was swept away by a hurricane. Those are things worth mourning.

Marking the anniversary of your first catcalling is like marking the date you first had to wait in line for a public restroom. It stinks but everyone goes through it.

Berg:

But, I wasn’t nearly as shook up then as when I was catcalled and groped for the first time when I was just 11 years-old, waiting outside of a recreation center for my parents to pick me up from gymnastics practice.

And here I thought I was going to enjoy watching an SJW snowflake get melted for over-reacting to “microaggressions” and I find myself thinking I don’t blame Ms. Berg for feeling traumatized at all by the unwanted attention and assaults on her person.

Greene goes on to criticize Berg for what Berg says she had been wearing or doing during the incidents she had logged and suggests she find something better to do and cover herself up. She accuses Berg of being inflammatory, while flaming her.

Berg wrote of confronting some of the men hollering at her, and says she learned that some men were not aware that what they were doing was offensive and could make a person feel unsafe.

I never understood what would compel a man to shout stuff at strange women passing by about her appearance or what they’d like to do to her; do any of them actually expect that a lady is going to be impressed in a positive way to the point of wanting to date or hook up with them? What would they think if they saw some guy talking to their mother, wife, sister, or daughter in such a manner?

I agree with Greene that nearly all females deal with this garbage at some point or other and that there are bigger things to worry about in this life, but I also agree with Berg that it can feel intimidating. I give Berg credit for calling out some of the catcallers and making them think about what they are doing.

The title of Greene’s article sates that Berg’s article on catcalling “backfired” on her, but I don’t quite see it that way, which is a surprise to me since I generally disagree with the type of social commentary that can be found at places such as Cosmopolitan. In fact I never would have found that Cosmo article at all had it not been for the article criticizing it in The Daily Caller, so in that sense, I guess it is actually the DC post that “backfired”.

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MJ Stevenson, AKA Zilla, is best known on the web as Zilla at MareZilla.com. She lives in a woodland shack near a creek, in one of those rural parts of New York State that nobody knows or cares about, with her family and a large pack of guardian companion animals.