Heroes come in small packages, too.
What woman hasn’t be subject to being catcalled? For some catcallers, it’s no big deal and they don’t think twice about their actions. But for the victims, it can be jarring, scary, uncomfortable and a slew of other feelings. So is the case of Julia Price. Her story is probably just like any woman’s story of being catcalled. While she didn’t know how to react, someone stepped in to defend her and shame the cat-caller. It surprised her and warmed her heart. He story gave me hope for the future while there is so much negativity in the world.
No One Likes Being Catcalled
I was going to start off saying, “No one likes being catcalled.” But the internet has proven me wrong. Apparently there are women who claim to appreciate being catcalled and see it as a “compliment.” (The #idontneedfeminism movement confuses me.)
So I’ll say MOST of us do not like being shouted at and made to feel like a piece of meat when we are just minding our own business, going to and fro on the street.
How are we supposed to respond? We don’t want to antagonize the classless man-child because he’ll misconstrue any response as a positive response. Who knows if he’s crazy and will get physical? There’s no telling what will happen, so most of us choose to remain silent even though we are internally seething. But not responding gets to some of those men as well. We can get called stuck up, the B-word, the C-word and other negative insults. Or even more crude comments. All this for just walking down the street.
Feminism gets a bad wrap because of the crazy zealots (like there are in any labeled group), but we don’t hate men. As a straight cis woman, I love men! However, some of the bad ones do ruin it for the rest of the group. But there is hope in the new generation. We need to teach our children to respect women, to understand that no means no, and to feel compassion for humans.
Sometimes stories of hope for the next generation warm my skeptical heart. This is the case with Facebook user Julia Price and a little boy named James. Julia posted this on November 18th:
“I was on my usual running path when I heard an older man yelling loudly enough for me to hear through my headphones. ‘Sexy lady, hey hey hey sexy lady!’ He kept screaming it and I decided to just ignore him and keep running.
This ignoring seemed to piss him off so he lashed out and said ‘eff you, dumb B****!’ Now let’s keep in mind he was well-dressed and appeared to be on his lunch break from an office job.
That was my trigger point. The B word. I ripped off my headphones prepared to stand up for myself when this little boy who was walking alongside his mother and little sister in a stroller looked at the guy and said, ‘Hey. That is not nice to say to her and she didn’t like you yelling at her. You shouldn’t do that because she is a nice girl and I don’t let anyone say mean things to people. She’s a girl like my sister and I will protect her.’
The man was immediately embarrassed and started gathering his lunch to leave. I asked the mother if I could hug the little boy (his name is James) and I told him how grateful I was for him. He just shrugged and said ‘Well I just wanted to make sure your heart was okay.’
According to his mother, this is a typical day in the life of James. Thank you so much to the mothers and fathers who are raising the next generation to be brave and courageous, and to be little earth angels for all. I am so touched.”