We’ve all been there. While walking home, to work, the Laundromat, to church, or anywhere on the street, some random man calls out to you trying hard to get your attention.

If you’re lucky he says something mild mannered or even corny (pray for corny). “Good morning, beautiful,” “Hey ma,” or even “Ay shawty!” Despite being annoying because you’re just trying to get from point A to point B unnoticed, you’ll take it. Because the alternative—being called a bitch, hoe, or even being assaulted—can happen with the quickness.

Although most of us who have been victims of street harassment have just kept it moving without responding, some women have begun to fight back. From websites like IHollaBack.org and StopStreetHarassment.com to the woman on the subway going in on the man who showed her his goods, women are mad as hell at being harassed and we ain’t taking it no more.

Enter the “Catcaller Form.” The next time a man yells at you from across the street, hit him with this provocative questionnaire.

With questions like, “I catcall because I enjoy complimenting women I don’t know by treating them like pieces of meat,” or “I catcall because I like re-enforcing the cultural stereotype that men are so desperate for sex they can’t control themselves,” maybe you’ll get the street harasser to think twice about bothering you or another woman in the future.

Would you use the Catcaller Form? How do you deal with Street Harassment?

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  • Golden Silence

    If it were daylight out and people were around, I wouldn’t have a problem handing a harasser this type of note. My only concern is that most of my harassers don’t seem to be very literate.

  • Clnmike

    Yes…..I can see how calling a beautiful woman beautiful can be problematic…….

    • iQgraphics

      LMAO @Clnmike
      I have not been “catcalled” in years.
      When men speak to me in passing they say
      “You’re beautiful” or “God Blessed you”

      Perhaps I don’t have universal “hood” “catcall worthy” appeal.
      Or perhaps I walk with a certain dignity that men, even from a distance, can tell ‘don’t give her that juvi-hall junk, step it up’

      Even the young ones greet me appropriately.
      And I live in Brooklyn. Flatbush, in case you’re wondering.

  • Ummm how about when i go, “Señorita, please forgive me for for interrupting, but as i saw you walking I just couldn’t resist, wanted to tell you what i think. You look amazing and i am dismayed to see you hanging to on to this drunk douche, when a man like myself could treat you much better. Maybe we could dance real music some day…”

  • iQgraphics

    Geeze, that letter is definitely a slippery slope.
    Give a crazy guy a note and see what happens.

    This is soooo not safe

  • What needs to be addressed is why do women get less attention when they look their best versus when they look “regular” or just plain bummy? When woman walks down the street with their “fresh out the salon chair” hair and a nice outfit, it’s straight silence. But when she’s sporting the “in between salon visits” pony tail and sweatpants, it’s like a cacophony of catcalls.