Feminist Artist Uses Needlework To Put Men's Catcalls To Rest

October 17, 2014 1:54 PM

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Feminist Artist Uses Needlework To Put Men's Catcalls To Rest

A catcall -- made in the moment, often hollered casually with little forethought -- lasts only a few seconds. Once a statement like "Good morning, good looking" or "Why won't you talk to me? I'm not such a bad guy" has been hurled at a passerby (probably a woman), the catcaller (probably a man) is left to go about his business. There's no evidence of the unsolicited encounter, no physical proof of the infraction that went down.

Brooklyn-based artist Elana Adler is out to change this. In her series, "You Are My Duchess," she painstakingly cross-stitches the words hurled at her on the streets. While the catcall is brief and forgettable to some, her needleworks take hours of planning and execution. From one instance of unwant...

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