After emptying my, ahem, “tank” in the store, I was walking back to my car when I got what I’m sure makes every woman’s heart go pitter patter with joy: a wolf whistle.
My back to the offender — big pickup with a few buddies is my assumption though I didn’t turn to look — I rolled my eyes and continued walking.
So he tries again louder, faltering just a hitch on the opening note.
It at least garnered him a snicker once I got into my car. But I knew better than to look back. I was ready to let it go but damn if it didn’t get under my skin.
I tweeted out “Yeah buddy, whistle again louder, because the problem the first time was that I didn’t hear you.”
The more I think about it, the more it bothers me. I just don’t understand.
I had this whole post in the works about being open, belonging and other nice fluffy feelings. But apparently my theme for the week is the pickup game and so I’m rolling with it. Stay tuned to the end for your chance to win some payola at uncouth boys’ expense.
Oh and if you missed my guest post on my friend Gutsy Geek’s most excellent site, please check it out and give a girl some feedback.
What the hell is up with a wolf whistle?
Seriously, I want to know.
My Portland biking friend Elly Blue wrote this great piece on street harassment as a growing trend and how to deal with it. Although it probably falls within the confines of “harassment” luckily mine is a pretty benign case. I didn’t really feel harassed, more amused, and then bemused.
Should I take it as a compliment?
I wear skirts to travel. It is summer and I’m wearing my little black dress “uniform” just about everywhere. They are comfortable and with a warm smile can come in handy when you need a hand. But I am by no means flashy or strutting as I’m walking out of a gas station.
Sure, my ego is stroked a little. I snicker and try to take it as a compliment.
But then what type of dude offers that type of “compliment?” And it is it really flattering to get such from that kind of guy?
It is actually pretty degrading.
Is that the point?
Is it a condescension? A compliment? An actual overture?
I can’t think that boys — sorry fellas, I have yet to ever hear a woman wolf whistle in a non-joking to a friend manner so this is totally your area — I can’t think that ya’ll actually think that is going to get you any positive attention right? Is it just a ploy for any type of attention?
I just don’t get it and I want to know.
This is where I need your help.
Readers Riddle me this: what is the point and purpose of a wolf whistle?
Give me your thoughts or ideas in the comments or you can tweet me. This is a serious request for information. I’ll paypal coffee or beer or even book money to the best answer. It’ll be announced with the answer in my email on Friday. (if you’re reading this later, go ahead and comment, I’m free with my tips for good service and good information whenever it comes)
Please help an inquiring mind.
Even in annoyance or confusion, may we…
Always be IN,