Funny Video Offers a List of Female-Friendly Catcalls

Instead of expecting men to keep quiet, the video suggests compliments tinged with equality rather than misogyny.
Aug 19, 2015·
Samantha Cowan is an associate editor for culture.

“Excuse me, do you have a minute to share your point of view?” “You look like you have a master’s degree—in science!” “Don’t break my heart. Break that glass ceiling.”

Given the prevalence of catcalling, it might seem that some men around the world just can’t contain their desire to comment on the body of a woman crossing the street. But all the guys out there who can’t keep their mouths shut are in luck, thanks to a tongue-in-cheek video from Internet Action Force.

As seen in the clip above, instead of lecherous comments, men can compliment a woman on her preference for clogs instead of heels—or they can tell her they don’t own any video-game consoles.

For those guys who feel the need to refer to a woman’s swagger, the video suggests they try this compliment on for size: “That must be conviction, because waffling opinions on women’s rights don’t shake like that.”

Snarky suggestions aside, catcalling is no laughing matter. Upwards of 99 percent of women across the globe experience catcalling at some point in their lives. Street harassment can also become physical: More than 50 percent of respondents in an international study from anti-harassment group HollaBack! reported that they had been fondled or groped on the street. Although some women don’t mind wolf whistles or being told to smile, unwanted comments can lead to feelings of anger, fear, and insecurity.

That’s why the video calls its suggestions “almost acceptable” and closes with perhaps the best option of all: Stop yelling at women altogether.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly referred to Internet Action Force as Internet Action Heroes.