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Comic Strip Nails the Effects of Catcalling

Comic strip gets to the heart of catcalling and its negative effects

Much has been made about the negative effects of catcalling lately—and can we just say, it’s about time.

For starters, you may remember the badass Minnesota woman who confronted her catcaller on the street and filmed the whole thing. He didn't get what the fuss was all about and was "surprised" she was offended. (Yes, seriously.) Then last week, Buzzfeed kicked things off again when they released this hilarious video, imagining what it would look like if women catcalled men. Apparently, in such a fantasy land, we’d be shouting things like, “Bet those arms could put together my IKEA furniture!” and “Ooo, damn, baby—I bet you have a job with health insurance.” (Though over at Bustle, it's noted that the parody sort of misses the point—and seriousness—of street harassment. We tend to agree.)

Now artist Ursa Eyer has gone and taken the catcalling convo one step further, by creating one perfectly crafted comic strip that charts the evolution of its impact over the course of one woman’s life. And it's spot-on.

As Eyer writes on her blog, the comic strip is based on her own personal experiences. Yet she's quick to note that she—like so many women—have had far more explicit comments thrown their way on the street. Her comic strip, she says, is the PG-13 version of the often NC-17-rated reality.

"Keep in mind, this is a very, VERY vanilla version," Eyer says. "I kept out all the super horrible and gross stuff because, I'm hoping this gets my point across. This comic is only meant to illustrate my history with this upsetting part of our culture."

We're willing to bet there isn't a woman reading this now who doesn't feel like she's lived this comic strip, too.

Images by Ursa Eyer

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