Thursday, September 12, 2013


Cat Calls

“It made me feel this big,” my grandmother holds her index finger a few centimeters over her thumb.  “When he said that, I felt like a puppet.”
We’re sitting in a restaurant, a nice restaurant, and my grandfather is telling me that we’re too sensitive.
“It’s a compliment.”
To my grandmother and myself, two different generations, he says we need to appreciate it.  These comments from strange men who don’t know us are harmless.
How can you explain this to a man?
“It’s like this,” I attempt.  “You’re in a dark parking lot in the middle of the night, alone, unlocking your car and a man comes up to you out of the shadows.  He’s not wearing a jacket and he smells like the street and he says to you, ‘Nice watch.’ ”

That’s a cat call.

Kristyn Bacon
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