Has Catcalling become a societal norm?

Hey Guys! So for one of my uni modules I had to write a short opinion piece on anything that I wanted. I chose to do it on the topic of C...

Hey Guys!
So for one of my uni modules I had to write a short opinion piece on anything that I wanted. I chose to do it on the topic of Catcalling as that is something I'm quite passionate about. As I actually wrote this piece as I would write a blog post, I thought I may as well share it on here too! So I hope you enjoy it and let me know what you think!
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Catcalling used to be just a wolf whistle here and there by a builder watching you walk down the street. Now you can’t even walk down the street without being called a slut, well apparently I can’t.
Whilst I was crossing the road the other week, a guy rolled down his window and screamed ‘Slut’ at me. Now, I was wearing a dress but it wasn’t very short and I had a coat on. There were no signs of me being a slut. I mean, that shouldn’t matter anyway. Even if I was wearing a short skirt, I still shouldn’t be called a slut.
Has society now become like this? For someone who doesn’t even know me to shout names like that is just not right.
Even though I believe in Feminism, I don’t go and shout it from the rooftops normally, like ‘Hey, I’m a Feminist’.
However, I think in this situation I would call myself a feminist. How could I let this one go, I just can’t. If a guy was crossing the road at the exact same time as I did, would he have got called a slut? I don’t think so.
Have we just become so used to this as a society? There was a massive deal made about getting upskirting made illegal, why don’t we get a campaign to make cat calling illegal?
I know we wouldn’t be able to stop everyone from cat calling but certainly having a law in place would help.
I think this predominantly happens to women, of course, it can happen to men but as I said before they don’t often get called a slut.
I personally wouldn’t have got offended so much if it was just a wolf whistle. Even though I know that shouldn’t happen either.
A wolf whistle I feel like doesn’t happen as often anymore. Instead, it’s the use of words and the use of language.
I know that there is a freedom of speech and all, but in my opinion, it’s taking it too far. I feel like in this day and age we shouldn’t just be expected to just put up with this and sweep it under the rug. I want to speak out about this and I want something to be done about it. I was quite offended by what that guy said to me, and I suspect that this happens quite a lot to women of my age.
I feel like the younger generation are definitely more susceptible to this, and this worries me the most. I am nearly 21, and it affected me quite badly. Imagine if that had been said to a vulnerable 15-year-old girl. 
I know that that would have definitely had an effect on my self-esteem when I was 15, especially as it was said by a stranger. Luckily now, I have the confidence to be able to fight something like this, and not let it affect me mentally, but just want to do something about it instead, for all those younger girls and women.

Hope you enjoyed this, I'll be back with a beauty post very soon!
Lots of love,
See you in my next post
xxx

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