The Greeks really knew how to curse

Which makes this twitter wisdom ring true as hell:


Shame sluts, you get fewer sluts. It’s called consequences, misogynists.


  1. Bruce says

    This is one of those ideas which, after you read it, it seems totally obvious and unmissable. So why did I never think of this before?
    Of course, not being a jerk should be reason enough never to catcall. So nobody should need this stronger reason.

  2. Owlmirror says


    Maybe I’m just a spoilsport wet-blanket party-pooper, but I’m just imagining a skimpily-dressed young woman walking by a construction site, and work pauses, and they all just track her movement and stare. Silently.

    Everywhere she walks, silent staring.

    Am I really the only one who thinks that would be horribly creepy?


    Moving right along, the topic strikes me as being something that could be scienced! Possibly for the Journal of Irreproducible Results, but nevertheless! A huge, cross-cultural study looking at the prevalence of catcalling against general modesty of female dress! With a sluttiness scale of 0=nun/ultraorthodox/mennonite/amish/muslim up to 9=porn star

  3. ardipithecus says

    There are still many places in the world where toplessness is common away from the population centers, and in traditional ceremonies and dances. One thing you don’t see is people staring or otherwise being disrespectful.

  4. Prax says

    Shame sluts, you get fewer sluts. It’s called consequences, misogynists.

    You joke, but of course they don’t really have a problem with that. Performative misogyny is performative; the goal is to get a woman to strip down for you, or to advertise the fact that you want them to. Most of these guys (and the occasional butch non-guy) are infuriated by the thought of a woman/femme wearing less because she just feels like it.

    If a man catcalls and the woman responds by flashing him, gold medal for him: he’s made her flash him. If she flips him off and puts on a sweatshirt, silver medal: at least he’s made her do something. And if she ignores him completely, bronze medal: at least he’s proven to everyone nearby that he was willing to try. Capacity for aggression demonstrated! Masculinity achieved!

    If you just want more boobs in your life, there are fairly straightforward ways of achieving that: go to a topless beach, become an artist, go to burlesque shows or sex parties. But doing those things non-creepily requires concessions, restraint and vulnerability on the viewer’s part, so these dudes aren’t interested. Rape culture has taught them well: power is sexier than sex.

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