They say the streets are not a safe place for women. As a woman myself, I can say that is indeed true. Predators are literally everywhere. From those who are sitting on the pavement, to vendors, to drivers, and even security guards, there is no guarantee for a female to not be catcalled.
And one online site proved just so. Prior to Kami.ph’s viral “Is Manila Safe at Night for Women” video, these online creators have done a social experiment seeking to know if or how often do women get catcalled in Manila. The result is rather disappointing.
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A girl was filmed walking around the city’s crowded area. Noticeably, quite a number of men gave glances at the girl while she was passing through. Unluckily, it wasn’t just glances that she received. Soon enough, men started spewing nonsense at her. Things like, “Hi! Miss”, “Saan tayo ganda?”, “Ingat ka ate”, and “Hatid na kita beh” were just some of the catcalls she received. In just one hour, she was catcalled 10 times.
Although these don’t seem life-threatening or degrading, being catcalled doesn’t just ruin women’s moods but it is also a clear manifestation that there are a number of men who sees women as objects.
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But what was more infuriating about the social experiment was the amount of social media users who blamed the woman for wearing “inappropriate” clothing. The female subjected to the experiment was wearing a pink sleeveless top and hip hugging skirt—which is irrelevant to say because women or anyone for that matter should be treated with decency and respect regardless of what they wear.
So, for those naysayers and victim-blamers, I dare you to watch Kami.ph’s latest social experiment last May 24. You should see for yourself that women get unwanted attention despite wearing “decent” clothing.
Maybe, instead of teaching women to hide their bodies, we can teach men to think with their brains and not with their junk.
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