By Cavan Sieczkowski
Oct 4, 2015
Some men might not have firsthand experience with catcalling, but when sons sat down to watch video of their moms being catcalled, the issue hit close to home.
Condé Nast Entertainment's The Scene, the team behind the video of dads responding to their daughters being catcalled, released a new video Tuesday showing three sons sitting down with their moms and watching hidden-camera footage of the street harassment they faced.
"That's weird," one boy says. "He just walked up to you and just said that stuff. I don't know what he was trying to get at there. If you just saw a girl walking down the street, why do you need to comment about that stuff?"
"It's ridiculous," says another, adding that the footage made him angry. "They're my age too. Go to school!" His mother explains to her son how street harassment impacts her everyday life, noting that unsolicited commentary on her appearance can influence what she chooses to wear just to avoid it.
While catcalling shouldn't only become disturbing when it happens to someones mother, daughter, sister or girlfriend, shining a light on the prevalence of street harassment women experience on a daily basis -- often when a male friend or loved one isn't around -- can have a powerful individual impact.
"When there's not a male figure there, then they're more prone to do it," one woman's young son observes. "If I was uncomfortable and someone kept saying that stuff to me, it would make me feel like an object."