Street harassment is an unfortunate reality that most women have had to endure for decades, but in recent years there has been a concerted effort through various projects, hashtags, and dialogues, to bring this issue front and center and raise awareness about its negative effects on both women and men. With projects like, Stop Telling Women To Smile, there have been a serious efforts to educate men in particular about the uneasiness and fear that women feel when they are aggressively catcalled and approached on the street.

All that work may be for naught because today Doree Lewark penned an article titledHey, Ladies — Cat Calls are Flattering! Deal With It.” The article originally appeared in the New York Post where Lewark expressed being flattered about being catcalled on the streets of New York. Lewark wrote:

I’ll never forget my first time: At age 20, interning at MTV in Times Square and taking advantage of the company’s liberal summer dress policy, I was wearing a tightly molded pink tank top and black capris when I strolled by two construction guys on a lunch break.

“You’re hot!” they shouted, high-fiving one another.

I was over the moon. What a contrast from those coy college boys who never expressed how they felt. This was a brave new world, where guys tell it like they see it.

Now, a decade later, I still get that butterflies-in-the-stomach feeling whenever I walk past a construction stronghold. I’ve learned that it’s not what you wear — the skimpy sundresses, the sky-high heels — but how. Walking confidently past a mass of men, making eye contact and flashing a smile shows you as you are: self-possessed and playful. The wolf whistles that follow will send your ego soaring.

As can be expected, the article was met with negative responses from readers who explained that street harassment often begins for girls in their teens and explained that the behavior is offensive and degrading. Jezebel has now provided the world with a “revised” version of Lewark’s article that replaces men doing the catcalling with actual cats. It’s pretty hilarious.


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  • shybookworm

    Doree Leward wins the Douche of the Day award. Just because she enjoys flaunting her stuff for men to ogle doesn’t mean that all women do. Also, there’s a huge difference between a guy yelling out “You’re hot!” and going on his merry way, and a guy yelling “You’re hot!” and expects you to react. If you don’t react, he may egg you on until you do. If you do react, but just not in the way he wants, you risk being called a bitch, cunt or even worse, you run the risk of physical violence.

    Doree Douchebag has apparently never been followed by a slow moving car with an idiot hanging outside the window, making kissing noises or hollering “Hey baby!” She’s apparently never experienced a guy following her down the street minding her own business. She’s never had a guy grab his junk and ask her if she “wants some of this”. She’s never had a man try to touch her ass, grab her arm or stand in her way just so they can “talk”. Dealing with this as a grown ass woman is hard, let alone a pre-teen or teen girl. These mofos don’t give a flying f*ck.

    This bitch, yes, I called this bitch a bitch, is the kind of bitch who would blame a rape victim for her own attack. She’s probably trying to get page views or get her name out there with controversial comments, like that other dumb bitch, Ann Coulter. Doree, you and your dumb, insensitive, make-women-look-bad-ass can have a whole stadium of seats. And oh, don’t come running to the sisterhood when one of these idiots, whose attention gives you butterflies, decides to give you the kind of extra attention that lands you in a hospital. Deal with that, BITCH.

  • BillipPhailey

    What an insecure woman. I guess getting old is tough on her.

  • Me

    this reminds me of the women who get jealous when one of their girlfriends gets sexually harassed at work or when that girlfriend has an abusive boyfriend that gets crazy jealous over everything she does with anybody besides him. only somebody extremely insecure and thirsty for any kinda attention would take degradation as a compliment. bet my last dollar she’s hella single and miserable.

  • vintage3000

    I don’t believe most of these instances occurred with this woman. When, in the history of catcalling, have two guys yelled out in unison “you’re hot!” and then HIGH FIVE each other? Even white guys are not that damn corny. Plus this mess came from pooper scooper NY Post, so I take it with a grain of salt.

  • NY’s Finest

    Is she serious? Most women who enjoy being cat called have low self esteems anyway. And did this bitch(sorry I just had to) really say she gets butterflies from being harrassed on the street?