Katz asserts that there are “powerful roles that men can play in this work”. He calls on his fellow men to put aside the notion of a gender war and stand side-by-side with women. “We live in the world together… to get people to speak up and to create a peer culture where the abusive behavior will be unacceptable not. Because it’s illegal, but because it’s wrong and unacceptable in the peer culture.” He says, “there’s been an awful lot of silence in male culture about this ongoing tragedy. We need to break that silence, and we need more men to do that.” And so Katz concludes, “I hope that, going forward, men and women working together can begin the change. The transformation that will happen so that future generations won’t have the level of tragedy. We deal with on a daily basis… I know we can do it. We can do better.”
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Although many parents think catcalling is a “grown-up topic,” the studies show that it’s happening to girls early. So it’s important to talk to them about it early too, especially since only 2% of girls tell their parents. They’ve been catcalled or harassed. As a result, “it’s important to start the conversation early — think. Third or fourth grade — to let your daughter know it’s a topic she should feel comfortable bringing to you.” A great way to start the conversation is by “pointing it out on TV shows, in movies, and in real life. When you witness catcalling or other sexual intimidation (and sadly, you won’t have to look hard to find it). Raise the interaction to your daughter and tell her why it was inappropriate and “unacceptable“…. Ask your daughter how she feels about the exchange in question, and whether anything like that has ever happened to her.” And don’t just talk to your daughter: “If you have sons or other young men in your life, have conversations about catcalling and sexual harassment with them, too… [and] discuss ways that he can help fight back against the catcalling culture.”