Is This the Perfect Response to Catcalling?
I love that the catcalls begin with a demand for a smile, because she'd be a lot prettier. Goodness knows that women have an obligation to be as pretty as they can. You never know when some man might drive by. When Wednesday doesn't respond positively to the demand for smiles, she's called a bitch. This is pretty common, and one of the ways we know that a catcall isn't really a compliment, or kind at all. When we're being kind, we don’t insult people for not giving us the reaction we want.
Wednesday follows the catcallers home by tracing the scent of their popular, name-brand body spray. The fellas defend their catcalling, but Wednesday's pleased that they think their catcalls are complimentary, because she's brought friends - big, scary friends - to compliment the catcallers. I've heard critique that scaring the catcallers with men is a tad homophobic. But see, these men aren't imposing because they're gay (or not - their actual orientation isn't made clear), but because they are terrifying. And they're planning to follow our catcallers around paying them the same sort of "compliments" all day long. That should give these guys something to smile about, right? After all, they'd be a whole lot prettier if they did.
Wednesday Lee Friday is an eclectic writer of fact and fiction. She has worked as a reptile wrangler, phone sex operator, radio personality, concierge, editor, fast food manager, horror novelist, and she owns a soap shop. She prefers jobs that let her sleep during the day. Everybody knows all the best art and literature happen at night!
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