If you’re a woman in the world, it’s more than likely you’ve experienced the discomfort and straight-up rudeness of a catcaller. Unfortunately, it’s something most women face, often on a daily basis, and it’s usually completely unwarranted and unwanted. But one woman found the best way to troll a catcaller, and the good news is, it’s also the easiest.
In all of its many, many forms, catcalling is sexual harassment—period.
It’s also a completely unfair reality of being a woman. So this author and activist has shown us what happens when a woman agrees with a man’s compliment, No matter how gross and rude the compliment may be.
That’s it. We know, it’s almost painstakingly easy, but it’s true. And it makes sense. When a man catcalls you on the street, or harasses you online, or gives you unwarranted attention at all, what he really wants is the power over you. So when you shift that dynamic and simply say, “thank you,” or (even crazier!) agree with him, you’re taking the power back … and he’s probaly not going to like it.
Feminista Jones, author and activist, explored this in a series of tweets, which have since gone viral. She explained perfectly how the fragile male ego reacts to being thanked, and why it happens.
She went on to explain that she sees this happen in her own life every single day.
And of course, so many women of the Internet agrees:
She added that it all stems from our male-dominated society, in which the opinions of men simply matter more than anything else, especially when it comes to a woman’s worth.
Unfortunately, there are few safe spaces for women when it comes to this kind of behavior, especially now with a myriad of ways for men to be in contact with us, even in the privacy of our own homes (thanks, smartphones!). But we love the message behind this, and hope that it helps women reclaim their own bodies in some small way.