Steve Santagati, a self-proclaimed bad boy who also “provides expert relationship advice by giving insight into the minds of men,” just gave the most insane explanation of catcalling.
While discussing the now-infamous Manhattan street harassment video with CNN’s Fredericka Whitfield and comedian Amanda Seales, the author of “MANual” said that the social experiment was a “joke.”
“Women are expected, from the minute we leave the house, to be smiling and available for whatever men want to say to us,” said Seales. “And don’t get me wrong, ‘Hello’ is fine.”
“Oh, come on,” said Santagati.
“I see you shaking your head,” Seales said to him, “but you are not an expert in this because you are not a woman walking in the street, so you don’t know.”
Protesting the ladies by saying he is “more of an expert” because he is a guy Santagati delivered the bottom-line of his argument:
“You would not care if all these guys were hot. They would be bolstering your self-esteem, bolstering your ego. There is nothing more that a woman loves to hear than how pretty she is.”
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Fortunately, Seales shut up Santagati, ending the segment with:
“What I’m saying is that he’s wrong. The reality is that a lot of women, when we leave the house, we are not looking for compliments. We are not strolling the streets waiting, like, ‘Is anyone gonna notice these pants today?’ That’s not actually how we are approaching our day. We are actually just going where we’re going.”