Playboy just released this 'should you catcall her?' chart and everyone loves it
The seemingly never-ending downpour of accusations of sexual harassment against influential men can make it feel as if there is an abuser lurking around every corner. And to some extent, there kind of is.
As a woman, even the most innocuous of tasks can put us face to face with harassment. Certainly, it's become so expected for us to be interrupted by some leering man as we go about our day that we don't think twice when we're greeted with an overtly sexual remark on our morning commute. And neither do we actively solicit such attention. In fact, the majority of us alter our routes to work and the shops, purposely steering clear of the building site where we know construction workers will holler and whoop.
Now, Playboy magazine, most famously known for its silk-robe wearing founder, Hugh Hefner and its commitment to the nude female form (vis-à-vis, garish lingerie and surgically enhanced breasts), has issued a rather adroit "should you catcall her?" flowchart, and it's left us seriously impressed.
While most would expect a brand that distributes pornography and has made its riches of the back of objectifying the female form to have a rather regressive stance the issue of street harassment, Playboy has proved itself to be forward thinking.
The flowchart, which first appeared in 2014, has resurfaced on Reddit, in response to the allegations of sexual harassment and abuse which have rocked Hollywood and other industries in recent months. It walks would-be predators through a series of questions which are intended to help them determine whether it's appropriate to catcall a perfect stranger (spoiler alert: it never is).
The caption reads:
"A young lady walks by, who you find sexually attractive. You’re probably not clever enough to come up with an original thought, so the only remaining option is to yell out at her, like you are not a smart person. Should you do it?"
As the chart clarifies, it's never appropriate to yell sexual remarks at someone unless they have given you their explicit consent that you can do so, or if they aren't actually a person, but in fact, a cat.
While it's disappointing that a reminder for 2014 still rings so true in 2017, it's evident that on the catcalling front, things still have a long way to go. Nonprofit organisation Stop Street Harassment discovered that over 99 per cent of American women claim that they have been victims of street harassment. And within this eye-watering number, 95 per cent asserted that they've been the target of excessive staring at least once, and over 68 per cent said that it has happened to them 26 times or more throughout their lifetime.
Furthermore, 88 per cent of participants alleged that they've been met with vulgar gestures, 57 per cent said that they've been sexually touched by a stranger, and a disturbing 37 per cent stated that they've even had a stranger masturbate in front of them.
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