Man Hospitalized After Defending Group of Women From Catcallers

“This is a tragic, tragic story,”Captain Fuchs of Philadelphia police said. “Here’s a guy trying to stick up for these girls and he gets victimized” (h/t NBC). I would have to agree with that statement.

While on a visit from Texas, the 39-year-old man was walking down Walnut St. in Philadelphia at 2:45 a.m. this morning when he saw a car full of men pull up next to a group of women walking down the sidewalk. The men started taunting the group of women which is when thisman intervened.

“Hey, watch what you’re saying,”was all hesaid to the catcallers.

According to the police report, one of the men inside the car then got out and punched the man defending the women. The blow knocked the man back so hard he hit his head on the concrete and fell unconscious. The assulter got back in the car and quickly drove off.

Ittook a few years but catcalling has become a hotly discussed topic in the media. From hidden cameras that show what it’s like to bea woman walking aloneto videos critiquing what these catcalling men arereally saying, this topic is staying of interest as it rightly should. And this latest news story just points to why we need to keep talking about the problems with catcalling.

In case you were wondering, the case of this man’s attack is one of many reasonswhy we’re terrified when we’re catcalled at.

A compliment isn’t a compliment when you’re afraid you could get physically hurt if you don’t “take the damn compliment.” A compliment isn’t a compliment when you’re angrily told, “Kiss my ass!” after you ignore the man giving you the “compliment.” (All of these statements are ones I’veheard first hand.)

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The reality is fear is a very widespreadresponse to catcalling that women feel all over the world. It’s fine if you didn’t realize that, but it’s not okay to go on condoning it after you’ve been made aware of this fact.

Until I saw this sub Reddit I literally did not know that anyone was scared when they get cat-called. Annoyed yes, but scared was actually very recent news to me,” one commenter wrote in the Reddit thread on this news story.

Any man who sees a woman as an object that exists to give him attention and gratification is potentially dangerous,” another commenter wrote.

One commenter, a Philadelphia resident, had this context to give about the block where the 39-year-old man was assaulted in Philadelphia:

about a month ago, a woman was followed home from a bar by a stranger, forced inside and raped repeatedly inside her own apartment. this happened about two blocks from the area in this story, which is generally considered one of the nicer parts of philadelphia to begin with,” the commenter writes.

In other words, more than one attack has happened in this”nice” area of Philadelphia.

Ambulance Philadelphia Man Hospitalized Women Catcallers Defend
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Curious what other people aresaying about this man and what he did?

“Brave, but it was kind of stupid”

“Dumbass”

On this Tuesday, I don’t know what to say. I’m disheartened. I just want to throw my hands up, because it feels like there’s no winning. Even the mensticking up for us are being told they were “asking for it.”

But here’s one statement I do agree with:

“The lesson is that men should neither catcall women nor beat men who defend those women,” as one commenter wrote.

So what do we do about it? How canwe productively use this unrest? Keep talking about it. Share it on your social media. Tweet about it. When you run into a friend or go on a date with someone who doesn’t understand why catcalling is such a bad thing, calmly explain why it is.

Explain how it’s become a scare tactic. Educate this person on how it puts women in a perpetual state of fear anytime they’re walking down a sidewalk, and how that’s not the world we want to live in.

Personally I’d like to send a thank you the 39-year-old man who stuck up for these Philadelphia women. I hope he recovers quickly and knows how appreciated his efforts are.

Watch the news segment on the story here:

[Lead image via NBC]

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