Wolf Whistling

Stepping out of the home office to walk to the mail box breaks up my day somewhat. Usually I don’t see a soul at lunchtime.

Walking back to the house a truck drove past me, with a male co-religionist behind the wheel. He slowed the truck and wolf whistled at me.

I came inside and complained to the KoD – and he laughed. My oldest son thought it was funny too (probably for different reasons). Why do they find it funny while I am insulted? I would never ever whistle at someone I drove past or walked past. It’s just not right. I just felt objectified and well, icky.

Would I have felt different if it was today’s equivalent of Fabio or Marky Mark whistling? $64,000 question there….

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  1. NechamaLeibowitz says:

    I think that as long as the whistle is not accompanied by a rude or crude gesture, take it at face value as a compliment :) That’s what I do!!

  2. NechamaLeibowitz says:

    BTW, Fabio?! Bleh lol

  3. Mark says:

    Who wolf whistles anymore? It’s 2012!

  4. sheldan says:

    I’m not sure where I stand on this one. I can understand where you might feel insulted. Even the term “wolf whistle” seems outdated. I’m old enough (I’m the same age as the KoD :-) ) to even remember what a wolf whistle is, but it seemed as if that term was history for many years.

    Probably because “wolf whistling” at women takes us back to an era when women were objectified, I would understand that a woman today would not realize what it meant and would feel insulted at this kind of treatment. Unfortunately, some men are not too careful about what kind of message they’re sending women, and in this time the message may not be a good one. But, I would probably vote “harmless” on this one; take it as a compliment.

    Now, what’s another subject is the male co-religionist (especially in Monsey :-) ).

  5. On the one hand, I hate when that happens. I know it makes me blush. On the other hand, it is nice to get noticed once in a while, and by someone other than my hubby.

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