Catcalling is unfortunately a problem women are all too familiar with; a 2014 survey by the organization Stop Street Harassment discovered that 65 percent of all women experience street harassment, and 41 percent experience this as early as 13 years old.
Musician Julia Price encountered such a situation that has become commonplace for many women—as she was running on her usual path, a man began to yell "Sexy lady, hey hey hey sexy lady!" She ignored him, which only enraged him further, causing him to continue, “Eff you, you dumb b****!”
Price says that she was gearing up to stand up for herself when a little boy walking by with his mother and sister unexpectedly spoke up. He fearlessly told the man, “Hey. That is not nice to say to her and she didn't like you yelling at her. You shouldn't do that because she is a nice girl and I don't let anyone say mean things to people. She's a girl like my sister and I will protect her."
Price told MTV news that she was incredibly touched by what he did: “To have (for the first time in my life) someone actually stand up to a catcaller on my behalf, let alone a child, I was beyond moved.”
The fact that the man in question was dressed well and appeared to work at an office job only compounds the issue—it normalizes the act of catcalling, suggesting that even educated, working members of society feel that such behavior is acceptable.
The little boy who stood up against this is named James, and his actions are extremely heartening; he serves as an example of the ways we can and must continue to combat sexism such as street harassment.
Banner Image Credit: Facebook, Julia Price