Cat Calling: Is It Okay to Wolf-Whistle in the Streets?

12 July 2018: Women are more likely than men to think cat-calling is acceptable, that’s according to the British Social Attitudes survey.


Figures from the study show that while 61 per cent of men think it is “always” or “usually” wrong for a man to comment on a woman’s appearance in the street, just 52 per cent of women agree.


When the genders are reversed, around the same proportion of women think it is wrong for a woman to comment on a man’s appearance, while just 35 per cent of men agree. 


The study, carried out by the National Centre for Social Research, also found that middle-aged men were more likely than men aged 18-34 to say that telling a woman in the street that she looked gorgeous was wrong.


Among men aged 55 to 64, 66 per cent said this was wrong, compared to 59 per cent of 18 to 34-year-olds.

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