A "No Catcall Zone" sign installed in New York for End Street Harassment Week.
Some very cool cats are doing their bit to end street harassment in New York after more than 50 signs were put up around Brooklyn and Manhattan declaring the streets a 'No Catcall Zone'.
The signs, created by clothing label Feminist Apparel in collaboration with Philadephia-based guerrilla activists Pussy Division for International #EndStreetHarassment Week, sport some A-grade illustrations of douchebag crotch-grabbing catcallers.
Here's the first activist campaign we've been able to fund through your t-shirt purchases! #catsagainstcatcalls pic.twitter.com/fwO7LmYsP2 — Feminist Apparel (@FeministApparel) April 13, 2015
These signs are such a great idea.
Not only do they serve as a friendly reminder to dudes on the street and in their cars to keep it in their pants, but they actually offer real support to women who usually have to deal with harassment alone.
It's the age-old question: what strategy do I best employ to deal with catcallers? Do I yell at them back? Ignore? Laugh it off? In the end, regardless of the strategy you choose, you just can't win against someone who has already claimed the space as their own and hailed you as an intruder.
These signs take back that space for women. They are a reminder to women (and men who might think otherwise) that we are not alone, that we are not intruding, that the streets are there for us. That's powerful.
No Catcalling Any Time! #NoCatcallZone en route to the Williamsburg Bridge #catsagainstcatcalls pic.twitter.com/sX4fJOOIw1 — Feminist Apparel (@FeministApparel) April 13, 2015