One of my very favorite topics of discussion, except not really. You see, the topic of catcalling is a personal favorite because it is something I have personally been dealing with since the time I hit puberty surprisingly early in the 6th grade. However, when forced to face the reality of how disgustingly pervasive, not to mention pathetic, cat calling is, I can’t help but cringe.
“Bring that ass over here girl!”
“Baby, just say the word and I’m yours.”
Are you seriously that much of a coward sir? Why not walk up to a beautiful woman and tell her face-to-face, as opposed to face-to-200ft of space, how you really feel.
Despite contrary belief, most women, do not like, in fact despise, when men scream disgustingly inappropriate comments at us from car windows or from across an entire street. Shouting unwanted sexual remarks at a woman is the absolute worst way to flatter a woman. And most importantly, cat calling is not a compliment!
Emma Sulkowicz, a senior majoring in visual arts at Columbia University, began an extremely powerful protest in honor of women who are coping with the emotional distress brought on by sexual assault and/or rape cases that are handled inappropriately. According to the Huffington Post,
Sulkowicz was one of 23 students who filed a federal complaint against Columbia for mishandling sexual assault cases, in violation of the gender equity law Title IX.“
Sulkowicz is making an extremely compelling statement by carrying her mattress, the place where she was raped, around with her on campus to symbolize the emotional weight she feels day in and day out, knowing that her rapist is roaming the school, quite freely and without any sort of punishment.
As a friend of someone who has experienced a painfully similar situation, I am in full support of Emma and the “Carry That Weight” movement. I find that all too often, sexual assault and/or rape cases are brushed under the rug in an attempt to avoid a tricky or messy situation.