The 7 Types Of Catcalls (As Explained By Ariel, The Little Mermaid)

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Unless you’ve been living “Under the Sea,” you’ve probably been catcalled at some point in your life. Street harassment is an everyday annoyance for women when they’re just living their lives, “strolling along down a — what’s that word again? — STREET!”

Speaking for myself, I’ve experienced ALL of them — and many of them in the past week. While science still can’t explain to us WHY men catcall (are they trying to date us? IDK, I really DK), we know that catcalling can take on many forms. Below are the seven most common types of catcalling, as illustrated by Ariel, the Little Mermaid:


1. Stating the Obvious: If I had a dollar for every time a helpful stranger shouted at me “Damn, girl, you got tattoos!” I could afford… more tattoos. Why do catcallers feel the need to follow us down the street shouting “BIG TITTIES!” or “That ass!” Yes, I have a mirror at home, I was aware of this! True story: in 2011, I was walking home to my apartment, and a car full of men shouted out their window “LEGS!” Like, “oh gosh is THAT what you call these? Aw shucks! I didn’t even know! Thank you, kind strangers!”


2. The “Compliment”: The Almighty Internet defines a “compliment” as “a polite expression of praise or admiration.” The Catcalling World defines “compliment” as “a polite expression of praise, given on the condition that the recipient of said praise says ‘thank you,’ and if she does not, you must rescind the compliment, follow her down the street, call her a ‘crazy bitch’ and ‘ungrateful whore’ and implore her to die alone in a ditch because she ugly anyway.”

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