No, We Don’t Need a Law Against Catcalling

November 7, 2014 4:11 PM

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In my fifteen years in New York City, I have lived on the Upper West and Upper East Sides; on Roosevelt Island and throughout South Brooklyn. I have worked above and below 14th St and in the South Bronx, spent regular evenings in Harlem, nights in Queens, and taken every combination of trains, at all hours of the day and night. I have done so without major incident or great fear for my safety. I have also been lucky.

At some point over these years, catcalls stopped registering. Not that I stopped noticing them, just that they faded to become a predictable part of the landscape, not unlike rats in the subway—occasionally gross and unpleasant, but there is a lot in this city that is gross and unpleasant. Like anyw...

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