Defining sexual harassment/cat-calling, in short, is an unwanted comment or action done in a sexual nature. Unwanted.
I have never met a single person who has favorably desired to be honked at by a drive-by car and hear words describing their body parts. It is unwanted.
Describing sexual positions, body parts, asking for sex, refusing to give up if a person declines giving you their phone number/says no to a date, and many other examples are absolutely not okay.
It is not okay to get mad at a person if you are rejected for your sexual advances. No means no and silence is not consent.
Recognition of this should be universal, but it is not. Everyday people are dealing with sexual harassment in our city. We must engage our community to begin discussions. Each of our neighborhoods in the Metro St. Louis area are different, and it will take community leaders willing to take a stand to create a sustainable difference.
Are you that person?
Be an ambassador of your neighborhood. We need leaders that will take the charge. Even if you just simply talk to people about this situation. Speaking out allows others to realize they are not alone, someone is in their corner willing to tackle the negative ideas in our society, and gives people the opportunity to consider a new way of thinking.
Will you join me?