A New York woman’s Facebook post about being catcalled has gone viral.
Christen Brandt was making her way through a crowded subway station on Jan. 28 when she says a stranger began commenting on her appearance. She took to Facebook to recount the incident and shared a photo of what she was wearing.
“A man passing by me said, ‘Damn, you have some great legs,’” Brandt wrote. “When I ignored him and kept walking, he turned around to follow me, to get closer, even as I was moving away. 'Did you hear me, honey? I said you have nice legs. Damn! Thank you.’
“It was the 'thank you' that got me. As if my 5 inches of legging-covered skin were there for him. Given as a gift, wrapped in brown tights. Existing in the world for him to appreciate, or not.”
Brandt is the cofounder of nonprofit organization She’s The First, which sponsors education for girls in low-income countries, Pix 11 notes. In the picture she attached to her Facebook post, she is seen bundled up in a scarf, parka, tights and boots.
“Next time you wonder whether your skirt is too short, next time you ask your teen daughter to change her clothes, or the next time you hear about school dress codes in the news, remember this photo,” Brandt wrote in the Facebook post. “I am in a f****** parka and boots. And it. doesn't. matter.
"All women have these moments. All of us. And yet the world acts as if it's still our problem to fix. Get your s*** together, guys.
“I, for one, am sick of dealing with it.”
Brandt’s Facebook post garnered more than 130,000 likes and 70,000 shares in five days.