Why We Should Stop Saying Street Harassment is a Compliment

This fantastic illustration about stress harassment came to our attention this weekend. After some of my experiences in Ottawa while we were opening#FishEyes at the Great Canadian Theatre Company last week (catcalled twice on the street and stared at in a coffee shop) it felt like this was too pertinent not to share.

I wound up chatting a little with our fantastic Lighting Designer, Rebecca Pitcherak, during technical rehearsals and during our conversation we turned to one of the great GCTC technical team, also the only man in the room at the time, and asked him his thoughts on catcalling. He paused for a moment and said “It has nothing to do with you. It’s all about the guy,” which seemed like an astute and simple assessment.

You’ll find more about stress harassment here in the coming weeks, but for now… enjoy this illustration of what it’s like to walk in a woman’s shoes everyday.


Originally published by Everyday Feminism on October 15, 2014. Written by Barry Deutsch.


Why We Should Stop Saying Street Harassment Is a Compliment

Originally published on Lefty Cartoons and cross-posted here with their permission.

If you ask street harassers why they catcall women, chances are they’ll say they mean it as a compliment. “If women on the street said I look nice, it would make my day!”

But the thing is, street harassment is not a compliment. It’s obnoxious at best and terrifying at worst.

This cartoon demonstrates how absurd and dismissive it is to expect people to be flattered by street harassment. To read more of his awesome comics, click here.

Street Harassment