Hey Baby: Photo Essay

Hey Baby Caroline Tompkins

HEY BABY is an ongoing photo series by Caroline Tompkins, who has been documenting her street harassers for three years thus far. Caroline has received press from sources like BBC News and Al Jazeera about being a young, white, blonde woman who has experienced harassment, but not much conversation has been started about the perpetrators themselves or about catcalling as an issue that needs to be dealt with. Why are women so offended by catcalls anyway, you ask? Shouldn’t we feel “flattered” when someone pays us a “compliment?” The reality of the matter is this: catcalls are not compliments. A compliment is a polite way to give someone praise, such as “you have a lovely singing voice,” or “these deviled eggs are fantastic!” A catcall, on the other hand, is an unwanted, unwelcomed, and unreciprocated comment, typically of a sexual or discriminatory nature, shouted by a stranger. Not only are these situations uncomfortable and belittling, but if we stand up to or even just ignore our harassers, these situations can get scary. People who shout “Hey Baby!” at a random woman on the street feel entitled to objectify that woman and to receive a grateful and pleasant response from her. It is just one example of the lack of respect women experience daily.  (MORE PHOTOS IN PRINTED MAGAZINE) Caroline’s website HERE

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria

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