VIDEO: Woman Gets 108 Catcalls in 10 Hours Just Walking Around NYC
A new video by filmmaker Rob Bliss that was posted by advocacy group Hollaback recorded a woman enduring more than 100 catcalls while simply walking around New York City for 10 hours to demonstrate the harassment women have to deal with each day.
Bliss walked with a hidden GoPro camera in front of Shoshana Roberts for 10 hours to capture the catcalls, unsolicited compliments, whistles, and harassment she received while walking around in jeans and a T-shirt.
“It was completely intentional that she wore what she wore,” said Bliss. “I wanted to fight back against the, ‘Oh, she’s wearing blah blah blah.’ I didn’t want to give ammunition to anyone who may detract from this video. If she wanted to wear something that showed more skin, I definitely think that guys would have been louder and more vocal about this.”
Several of the men even followed Roberts for multiple blocks and one man silently walked next to her for five minutes.
“I’m harassed when I smile and I’m harassed when I don’t,” Roberts told NBC. “Not a day goes by when I don’t experience this.”
Bliss told NBC that men often do not see “the effects of catcalling.”
“They see it as just an innocent compliment but are missing the forest for the trees,” Bliss said. “I intentionally left out any messaging and just laid bare what it’s like, so that everyone could objectively see the reality of this problem.”
“I was going in blind without expectations, especially as a guy,” Bliss told Huffington Post. “I was very surprised that we had so much interaction, some of it being as aggressive as it was, like the stalking that was involved repeatedly from different groups. That blew my mind. It made me sick to my stomach. I felt something I had never really felt before, almost feeling as if I were in her shoes. I didn’t experience it personally, but I was in such close proximity to it.”