VIDEO: What it’s like to be endlessly catcalled as a woman in NYC

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NEW YORK (PIX11) — A new PSA is determined to shed light on street harassment, the many forms it comes in and the lasting effects it has on individuals.

Hollaback!, an organization dedicated to ending street harassment, released a video showing what a woman goes through while walking through the streets of New York City.

Actress Shoshanna Roberts, wearing jeans and a t-shirt,  walked silently through different neighborhoods for 10 hours, as a hidden camera recorded the endless catcalls  she received.

Roberts endured taunts by countless men, that ranged from “smile” to one man following her, asking why shouldn’t wouldn’t talk to him.

Another man silently walked beside her for 5 minutes.

“I’m harassed when I smile and I’m harassed when I don’t. I’m harassed by white men, black men, Latino men,” Roberts said.
“Not a day goes by when I don’t experience this.”
Roberts experienced over 100 instances of verbal harassment, and countless winks and whistles during her walk through the city.

“We envision a world where street harassment is not tolerated and where we all enjoy equal access to public spaces,” Hollaback! says on their website.

34 comments

  • mike

    I guess i’m one of the few males that don’t do that kind of crap. Men these days simply don’t get it at all.

  • Jay

    True some men are rude but there are men who are genuine in their acknowledgement of women but their attitude (due to the constant negative catcalls or their lack of physical attraction) will give off an attitude that shows in both walk and disposition. So men now have to ask back, “Do you (women) not want men to speak to them at all or what are the signs that would suggest that it is safe to speak without being labeled a “harasser”?

    • Jack Johnson

      Jay I have experienced and seen men give women the upmost respect which is not hard to do. But in return some women (working, professional, corporate) women turns around and either threatens them, or curse them out. All not necessary. So when a man says; “Good day beautiful” or anything positive to help make her feel good she is going to shit all over him, that too is not right. ….Women need to get it together that if they do not want men to say anything to them (and not anything at anytime of the day) then do not complain why you cannot find a good man and keep using the cucumber, sausage or carrot or dildoe and forget about the touch of another human being and the essence of the power of a man—I am being proud to be one. You ladies do not want us then I guess you will be alone as good men will find a quality woman. There are more women then men ladies so best thinks twice.

    • Jack Johnson

      JAY YOU ARE 100% CORRECT!!…PLEASE READ THIS FROM ME AND THINK ABOUT IT AND THE BOTTOM LINE STATEMENT….Lisa Marie, no person will know a woman and or man’s history of rape, molestation etc. Get off those stupid excuses. This is a world of millions of men and women who suffered these things. But if they want to live and prosper which includes relationships with other people then they must man-up, woman up and grow up. They do not corner the market on pain in whatever had happen to them in the past or as growing up from kids. They key word here is kids. Adolocents and younger teenagers we all are to look out for, not a adult ass grown 22 year old woman who has 10 years from 12 to adulthood to learn somethings in becoming a real woman not a whimpy, or angry bitch….BTW check this out since you are suppose anti-cat calls how this that happen this past January 2014….New Yorkers strip down for No Pants Subway Ride [PHOTOS & VIDEO]…..THIS BS WITH WOMEN WORRIED ABOUT MEANINGLESS CAT CALLS IS LEANING TOWARD THE 1950’S WHEN BLACK MEN COULD NOT LOOK AT A WHITE WOMAN OR THEY WOULD BE JAILED OR LYNCH WHICH WENT BACK FURTHER THEN THE FIFTIES. THIS IS IN PART OF TBTC—TURN BACK THE CLOCK…WATCH OUT WOMEN AGAINST CATS CALLS ON WHAT YOU WANT AND WISH FOR…YOU MAY JUST GET IT!!

  • Bormio

    First of all, this girl is obviously RUDE!!! She can’t acknowledge a ‘nice compliment’??? To me , this video is NOT ‘catcalls’ as the title tries to imply. You want a ‘catcall’, i will give you one! I had ‘not’ seen ONE ‘catcall’ – frankly, as the hollywood stars say: “miles well enjoy it while you have it now, cause one day you will be less attractive, and people will not give one damn about you’! (assuming you are good looking to start with, which this lady absolutely is NOT’!)

    • WiseWomanTalkin

      Signs of being a sexist: 1) Thinking the biggest insult you can hurl at a woman is to tell her she’s not good looking, and 2) thinking that yelling at a woman in the street is giving her a”nice compliment”, and 3) thinking that women’s lives revolve around focusing on being attractive for the purpose of pleasing men, and 4) thinking that woman have no worth unless they are attractive. You, Bormio, are exactly the person who’s eyes were meant to be opened by this article.

      • Jack Johnson

        Hello again WISEWOMANTALKING…PLEASE READ THIS I SENT TO BOTH LISA MARIE AND BORMIO—-ALSO DARLIN PLEASE READ THIS FROM ME AND THINK ABOUT IT AND THE BOTTOM LINE STATEMENT….Lisa Marie, no person will know a woman and or man’s history of rape, molestation etc. Get off those stupid excuses. This is a world of millions of men and women who suffered these things. But if they want to live and prosper which includes relationships with other people then they must man-up, woman up and grow up. They do not corner the market on pain in whatever had happen to them in the past or as growing up from kids. They key word here is kids. Adolocents and younger teenagers we all are to look out for, not a adult ass grown 22 year old woman who has 10 years from 12 to adulthood to learn somethings in becoming a real woman not a whimpy, or angry bitch….BTW check this out since you are suppose anti-cat calls how this that happen this past January 2014….New Yorkers strip down for No Pants Subway Ride [PHOTOS & VIDEO]…..THIS BS WITH WOMEN WORRIED ABOUT MEANINGLESS CAT CALLS IS LEANING TOWARD THE 1950’S WHEN BLACK MEN COULD NOT LOOK AT A WHITE WOMAN OR THEY WOULD BE JAILED OR LYNCH WHICH WENT BACK FURTHER THEN THE FIFTIES. THIS IS IN PART OF TBTC—TURN BACK THE CLOCK…WATCH OUT WOMEN AGAINST CATS CALLS ON WHAT YOU WANT AND WISH FOR…YOU MAY JUST GET IT!!

    • Jack Johnson

      BORMIO you are 100% CORRECT!, ALSO HERE IS A COMMENT TO A LISA MARIE I SENT HER. No person will know a woman and or man’s history of rape, molestation etc. Get off those stupid excuses. This is a world of millions of men and women who suffered these things. But if they want to live and prosper which includes relationships with other people then they must man-up, woman up and grow up. They do not corner the market on pain in whatever had happen to them in the past or as growing up from kids. They key word here is kids. Adolocents and younger teenagers we all are to look out for, not a adult ass grown 22 year old woman who has 10 years from 12 to adulthood to learn somethings in becoming a real woman not a whimpy, or angry bitch….BTW check this out since you are suppose anti-cat calls how this that happen this past January 2014….New Yorkers strip down for No Pants Subway Ride [PHOTOS & VIDEO]

  • tom loser

    She should just shut up she would be crying whats wrong with herself next if it did not happen. Stop bitchin or put on a coat

    • WiseWomanTalkin

      Tom, why stop with a coat? Why not require all women to wear burqa’s and hijab’s so men won’t be forced to do this?

    • Jack Johnson

      Tom is correct. If she is complaining so dam much, either put on a coat or leave the city. Seriously though, this girl is not a woman. and needs to grow up.

      • WiseWomanTalkin

        How would you like it if a woman yelled this compliment at you in public: “Hey, buddy! Nice package you got going in your crotch there. I love it when you wear Boxer shorts so I can see all your man parts bobbing up and down as you walk!” Get it yet? Not all “compliments” are welcome!

  • WiseWomanTalkin

    Thank you for showing that this is a problem! On Fox’s show “Unnumbered”, not 1 of the 4 women on it would say there was anything wrong with cat-calling when they did a show on this last month. The woman in the pink stiletto heels actually said that she was from NYC, so she was used to hearing cat calls, and she loved it. She reminded me of the women in Egypt who defend their own genital mutilation so they can maintain a high social position. So Thank you, thank you, thank you for calling this for what it is – street harrassment – and telling people that women DO NOT like this, like “Unnumbered” would have you believe.

    • Womanwithavoice

      As I admire your strong opinions on “catcalls” and women’s right to walk down the street in peace, I would by no means consider these acts of “harassment”. There is a fine line between a man acknowledging a women’s presense and beauty and being harassed. As a curvy woman myself, I get these comments day in and day out and I take it with a grain of salt, smile politely and move on with my dad. Women are constantly whining about men not speaking to them at a bar, ending yet another night without meeting a man in this lonely giant city yet that’s not harassment? Because a man is forthright on the streets and brutally honest about finding you a attractive we then take it as harassment? Yet the guy who called you sexy at the bar, you found attracive so you engaged isn’t considered harassment? Maybe some of you women need to either tell them men to back off instead of doing a silent, washed up version of a PSA? The men have control here so rather than her getting the news attention should stand up for herself TO the men herself. Also, what’s wrong with saying “thank you” and going about your day? Catcalling has been around for generations and it’s not going anywhere. But all you women can keep complaining about being single and not actually starting a conversation with one of these alleged “creeps” because he asked how you were doing on the streets.

      • Jack Johnson

        I am usually a private person, but this absolutely blown my mind. This actress, little girl, kid…in making this video–Woman in viral New York City catcall video receives rape threats—Is such a immature, insecure loser as a female. Sure she is attractive no doubt. But so are millions of females that work, walk, play in New York City everyday but are not wimpy, punk, little girls. They receive cat calls like this bimbo here but either blow it off or same something in return. But they usually say in return if it is real derogatory. Here is the scooper. If you play the entire video especially hearing the comments; “Where do you hear her being threatened, put down in looks”? Answer–None. Also do not forget folks as you watch this video their have been much editing and not in derogatory comments but more so gentleman comments such as; “Hello Beautiful”, A lovely day and a lovely lady, An awesome day because of this awesome woman passing my way. Comments like that are supposed to be harassing, intimidating, threatening? This chic and her video punk-friend no where they go kiss where the sun do not shine.

        What is wrong with many of you women today? Not all of you just half. We have world of problems with diseases, kids dying from guns, people losing jobs, housing, life savings, hope of a decent life and ISIS on our backs and these TV news shows want to waste time on something like this that can pit women vs. men? Wake up news producers, directors and on air TV talent. This could make a wall with men vs. women that should not be.

        In today’s world where women’s fashions are really at their best in years and how many women are looking hotter, sexier then ever, this truly does knock women intelligence, character back 100 years for this supposed dangerous, catcalling is suppose to be disrespectful? That is total BS!!! Many strong, secure, sensitive, intelligent women will agree with many men because those women are WOMEN, NOT LITTLE GIRLS.

        ALSO DID ANYONE EVER LOOK AND THINK HOW MUCH EDITING HAS BEEN DONE ESPECIALLY FOR THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO DO NOT FIND THIS THREATING AND OF COURSE IT IS NOT AND IT IS PART OF LIFE IN ALL BIG CITIES?

        They are also trying to say that men who does cat calls never had a decent upbringing of a father and or mother or both.
        Again more insults against men and bullying of insecure, immature women that has got to stop—NOW!!!

        The male friend and her punk boyfriend is such a wimp he wont walk the street with her because he wont do anything to those street guys or any guy who are all average guys. Did anyone of these on air TV interviewers ever think to ask the boyfriend why don’t he walk the streets with her? This punk was to man up and walk the street with her 90% of the time many of these guys will look but wont say a word —BECAUSE OF MUTUAL STREET RESPECT. But you are walking alone in the street showing off curves to curves so how the hell a man is not going to say anything. But more so these are comments of praise, not of put downs, insults, nor threats.

        No man out there on that video of all races (Blacks, Whites, Asians, Hispanics) is going to go to jail for a piece of ass. The ones do are either truly mentally sick, desperate or the ones who do rape not for sex but to over power a woman because he then would be a weak, insecure man. That is the ones women should worry about. Guess what ladies those men can be a co-worker, a family member, a friend of a friend, etc. So if you do not like what you are reading then stop projecting every man in the street, the world to be potential rapist. Street cat calling—-does not lead to rape nor murder.

        Also many women in the city will welcome cat calls when a man (no matter how he is dress or stands) will welcome the compliments (depending on what is said of course). Some men say that to break ice with the female stranger and this way he can make his move in conversation in starting to get to know the woman. This is called introduction.

        Also when you see a man walk beside a woman does not mean at all this is a rape about to happen especially not in broad day light with millions around. He is working up the courage to talk. Yes he should either make up his mind to talk to her either right away. But sometimes those opportunities are not perfect for you can meet bad or good men anytime, anywhere on any day.

        The main thing here is for this chick is to grow up, woman-up and get her head out of her ass for her crotch is not gold.
        She cannot take a compliment then get the hell out of NYC and the USA. Every state, city in the USA you will find cat callers. Go to a different country and you best believe you will find more controlling, rapist in men and women there.

        TV producers, directors and on air talent you all should be ashamed for promoting this garbage.

      • WiseWomanTalkin

        How would you like it if a woman yelled this compliment at you in public: “Hey, buddy! Nice package you got going in your crotch there. I love it when you wear Boxer shorts so I can see all your man parts bobbing up and down as you walk!” Get it yet? Not all “compliments” are welcome!

      • Jack Johnson

        Womanwithavoice you are a classy, gracious and intelligent woman. You see it from both sides which is simple logic. This also playing the bullying game with women now wanting men to stop saying anything to them. Many women need to think this out as well as this statement…”Women should start worrying when men stop blowing cat calls”.

    • Jack Johnson

      Thank you Seth Corso-KYO—then if she is called a bitch, skank, hoe then it is sexual harassment. Women should start worrying when men do start looking the other way and not looking that them..

  • Pat Downs (@LadyBorsa)

    Catcall back….speak another language?..now I know this is going to offend some foljs here and its not my intent.to, .but if the cat caller was really rude..id ask him..”hey was there ever a cock you sucked, that you didnt like?…either way..they cant answer…

    • Jack Johnson

      Pat that is not rude that is intelligent. If women feel so threatened, violated and scorned from us evil men then why not confront them? What women lose sight of us that like men sadly we cannot get everything in certain situations we want so where they are more worthy of that? Unless this a threat you tell me what TV news show anchor woman, man, both and or police themselves are going to waste time on this total BS?…Thanks Pat

    • Jack Johnson

      Joe you are a wimp, punk, and probably the one that would rape a woman. You come to a woman’s defense on BS like this makes many think…

  • lex

    Why would they target one group of men, if they captured men from all backgrounds? This video should of been about the ill treatment of women in public, yet they cherry picked specific encounters that targeted a specific group of people and made this a race issue too. As if minorities aren’t demonized enough as it is.

    • Jack Johnson

      Lex you are correct. It is not just minority men but all men. But more so these are not harassment nor threating words at all. This is a little skank who thinks she is GODs gift to men because of the cat calls and these tv stations are gonna use it to fill up air time.

  • RUSS

    Let me see this bogus test wearing baggy sweatpants and sweatshirt with hair pulled up shaggedly instead of VERY form fitted clothes. They may be considered everyday clothes but they also show off every curve. If the outfit was nude colored; she would appear naked from a short distance away. Most of the men in this video simply gave her compliments just as she and every other woman looks for when they dress like that but they call it harassment if the guy doesn’t look as good as she wanted. Women do this to men too. I’ve had it happen but men just don’t go crying harassment about it. How many women post pics of naked or half naked cowboys or firemen on FB? A LOT including my mother. Yea; but if I post a woman like that I’m a perv or jackass. Why? Because I appreciate the beauty of the female form? I saw maybe 2 or 3 acts of harassment here like the guys that followed her (players) and the rest were just compliments. Granted; some compliments weren’t exactly sweet but compliments nonetheless. Don’t try to tell me she didn’t dress for it either. She’s wearing all black form fitting clothes and from the front on an overcast sky I could tell she had a big chest. Finish the test in more raggedy clothes like many women wear day to day. BOGUS TEST!

    • Jack Johnson

      Russ you are correct. But more so this kind of little girl is not woman enough to walk down the street because she is still a kid. Plus she is not worthy of a quality man. Remember ladies their are more of you in women on this earth then more of us as men. So unless you are a lesbian and do not give a rats ass, then stop turning men off and away from you. Cat calling in cities has been their at the beginning of time and life from the jungles.

  • Jack Johnson

    I am usually a private person, but this absolutely blown my mind. This actress, little girl, kid…in making this video–Woman in viral New York City catcall video receives rape threats—Is such a immature, insecure loser as a female. Sure she is attractive no doubt. But so are millions of females that work, walk, play in New York City everyday but are not wimpy, punk, little girls. They receive cat calls like this bimbo here but either blow it off or same something in return. But they usually say in return if it is real derogatory. Here is the scooper. If you play the entire video especially hearing the comments; “Where do you hear her being threatened, put down in looks”? Answer–None. Also do not forget folks as you watch this video their have been much editing and not in derogatory comments but more so gentleman comments such as; “Hello Beautiful”, A lovely day and a lovely lady, An awesome day because of this awesome woman passing my way. Comments like that are supposed to be harassing, intimidating, threatening? This chic and her video punk-friend no where they go kiss where the sun do not shine.

    What is wrong with many of you women today? Not all of you just half. We have world of problems with diseases, kids dying from guns, people losing jobs, housing, life savings, hope of a decent life and ISIS on our backs and these TV news shows want to waste time on something like this that can pit women vs. men? Wake up news producers, directors and on air TV talent. This could make a wall with men vs. women that should not be.

    In today’s world where women’s fashions are really at their best in years and how many women are looking hotter, sexier then ever, this truly does knock women intelligence, character back 100 years for this supposed dangerous, catcalling is suppose to be disrespectful? That is total BS!!! Many strong, secure, sensitive, intelligent women will agree with many men because those women are WOMEN, NOT LITTLE GIRLS.

    ALSO DID ANYONE EVER LOOK AND THINK HOW MUCH EDITING HAS BEEN DONE ESPECIALLY FOR THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO DO NOT FIND THIS THREATING AND OF COURSE IT IS NOT AND IT IS PART OF LIFE IN ALL BIG CITIES?

    They are also trying to say that men who does cat calls never had a decent upbringing of a father and or mother or both.
    Again more insults against men and bullying of insecure, immature women that has got to stop—NOW!!!

    The male friend and her punk boyfriend is such a wimp he wont walk the street with her because he wont do anything to those street guys or any guy who are all average guys. Did anyone of these on air TV interviewers ever think to ask the boyfriend why don’t he walk the streets with her? This punk was to man up and walk the street with her 90% of the time many of these guys will look but wont say a word —BECAUSE OF MUTUAL STREET RESPECT. But you are walking alone in the street showing off curves to curves so how the hell a man is not going to say anything. But more so these are comments of praise, not of put downs, insults, nor threats.

    No man out there on that video of all races (Blacks, Whites, Asians, Hispanics) is going to go to jail for a piece of ass. The ones do are either truly mentally sick, desperate or the ones who do rape not for sex but to over power a woman because he then would be a weak, insecure man. That is the ones women should worry about. Guess what ladies those men can be a co-worker, a family member, a friend of a friend, etc. So if you do not like what you are reading then stop projecting every man in the street, the world to be potential rapist. Street cat calling—-does not lead to rape nor murder.

    Also many women in the city will welcome cat calls when a man (no matter how he is dress or stands) will welcome the compliments (depending on what is said of course). Some men say that to break ice with the female stranger and this way he can make his move in conversation in starting to get to know the woman. This is called introduction.

    Also when you see a man walk beside a woman does not mean at all this is a rape about to happen especially not in broad day light with millions around. He is working up the courage to talk. Yes he should either make up his mind to talk to her either right away. But sometimes those opportunities are not perfect for you can meet bad or good men anytime, anywhere on any day.

    The main thing here is for this chick is to grow up, woman-up and get her head out of her ass for her crotch is not gold.
    She cannot take a compliment then get the hell out of NYC and the USA. Every state, city in the USA you will find cat callers. Go to a different country and you best believe you will find more controlling, rapist in men and women there.

    TV producers, directors and on air talent you all should be ashamed for promoting this garbage.

  • Jack Johnson

    I know I have been on here a lot but so be it. This hurts because there are many good men out there such as I who is shy but not overall gun shy about making his approach towards a woman he likes. This can be in the streets, supermarket, subway anywhere at anytime. Of course a woman must watch herself. But that is a whole different area for now we would be talking rape. This is about street cat calls. —BTW—AND IT IS ON THIS WEBSITE. THERE was a day when women and men all had ride the subways on something like national strip down day or something like that? Ok where is the complaints about that? Women walking and riding the subways with only their panties on with no skirt or slacks and you do not think there were no cat calls then? To get to the subways they had to walk the streets which means walking in their undies. But these male cat callers such as myself are low-lives huh? KMA!!!!

    It does not matter if it is a day or days cat caller has been here for all of us was born and it will go on so women of the world grow up, woman up and get your heads out of your own ass. Unless there is a verbal, physical threat it is either thank you on move on with your life.

    Kristin Cole of PIX TV and many other TV news anchors, news directors, producers all should be ashamed for trying to continuously drive a wedge between men and women and she is a married woman herself. But after this story I wonder how much longer? I know it is your job to bring up news points. But get the entire story and for sure speak of the good of this cat calling. WHAT IS THE GOOD OF IT?—Men looking how the new fashions women wear looks great on them and like the bodies that show them off. Men are not trying to stalk, rape or beat a woman for her crotch. That these same cat calling men 90% of the time would come that woman he cat call too her rescue that day if needed. That in big cities especially New York if men do not do cat calls let alone something would be wrong. But more so women you then need to look in the mirror and ask yourself; “Am I loosing my looks, figure, etc”? This questions and more will creep in all women heads especially if she is walking by in one of her best outfits and if the man is not saying anything he is looking the other way because he is not interested because she is not hot to him.

    Women unless you been called nigga, nip, spic, dago, or truly derogatory words such as that (slut, skank, hoe) then grow up and be real women and go on with your lives with quality men and leave your insecure gal pal there brooding about not having a good man in her life. Many women lose out on good men for listening to their loser girlfriends.

  • Lisa Marie

    You never know, some women( and men) , have been raped or molested as children and they grow up thinking that certain individuals are animalistic and unable to control their urges. In a case like this where thousands of women are tuned up daily, missing, raped, or sold into sexual slavery. I can see why some women may feel uncomfortable.

    • Jack Johnson

      Lisa Marie, no person will know a woman and or man’s history of rape, molestation etc. Get off those stupid excuses. This is a world of millions of men and women who suffered these things. But if they want to live and prosper which includes relationships with other people then they must man-up, woman up and grow up. They do not corner the market on pain in whatever had happen to them in the past or as growing up from kids. They key word here is kids. Adolocents and younger teenagers we all are to look out for, not a adult ass grown 22 year old woman who has 10 years from 12 to adulthood to learn somethings in becoming a real woman not a whimpy, or angry bitch….BTW check this out since you are suppose anti-cat calls how this that happen this past January 2014….New Yorkers strip down for No Pants Subway Ride [PHOTOS & VIDEO]

  • mahasin Brown

    I mean what woman doesn’t go thru this but harassment I don’t know about that when it came to this video they simple gave her compliments now the creeps that kept following her unfortunately there are a bunch of those I just hate the men who get disrespectful even after you say thank you by getting vulgar.

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