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This man's comments about harassment are so wrong

This self-proclaimed bad boy needs to learn a thing or two about how to treat a woman right

By Nalisa Alia Amin | Published: 4 Nov 2014

Video: CNN

If you're active on the Internet, we're sure you've seen the famous catcalling video of a woman walking in the city of New York for 10 hours that went viral, garnering over 31 million views. A lot of women can relate to the video because we face street harassment on almost a daily basis. Here in KL it may not be as verbal as in New York, but men still give us plenty of creepy stares. And we mean, obvious stares.

Some men might be confused as to how women find catcalling offensive, but if a guy's going to defend catcallers on television, let alone on CNN, he'd better be prepared to receive a verbal beat down.

Recently, CNN held a debate on the viral catcalling video made by anti-street harassment group, Hollaback with anchor Fredricka Whitfield, comedian Amanda Seales and The MANual author Steve Santagati. And oh boy, was the discussion cringeworthy thanks to Steve's misogynistic rebuttal.

After Amanda expressed her feelings as a victim of everyday street harassment, Steve interjected with, "The bottom line is this, ladies: 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.” Excuse us, what?

The argument got heated as Amanda explained to Steve that women don't go out expecting to be complimented by strangers every day.

"So you're telling me then if I compliment you, it's some sort of an abuse," Steve continued. "No matter how I choose to do it. But if you don't compliment me when I walk by, that's abuse. You didn't bolster my self-esteem, I want to find you, I want to start a coalition against women who don't compliment men." We don't think he got the point. CNN should have shown him the nearest exit.

“Political correctness has gone too far,” he continued. “If you don’t like it as a woman, turn around and tell them to shut up. Stand up for yourself. Act like a strong woman in 2014.”

But when Amanda noted that women will risk their personal safety by doing so, as one was shot in Detroit recently, Steve responded: “Then carry a gun.”

Watch the rest of the discussion above. 

 


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