A woman covered head to toe in heavy winter clothes was catcalled in midtown Manhattan and then took to Facebook to post a now viral message to address the degrading experience.
“This is what I was wearing this morning as I made my way through a crowded 34th Street subway station, and a man passing by me said, ‘Damn, you have some great legs,’” Christen Brandt wrote in the Jan. 28 message under a photo of her wearing a winter jacket, long boots and stockings.
Brandt — the co-founder of the non-profit She’s the First, which provides scholarships to girls in low-income countries — wrote her outfit exposed about five inches of her stocking-covered legs, but that was still enough to garner the unwanted attention from the catcaller in the Herald Square subway station.
“When I ignored him and kept walking, he turned around to follow me, to get closer, even as I was moving away. ‘Did you hear me, honey? I said you have nice legs. Damn! Thank you,’” Brandt’s statement continued.
Brandt then made the point that her outfit is proof that women in New York are subjected sexual harassment no matter what they wear or where they are.
“Next time you wonder whether your skirt is too short, next time you ask your teen daughter to change her clothes, or the next time you hear about school dress codes in the news, remember this photo,” Brandt fumed in her Facebook post.
“All women have these moments. All of us. And yet the world acts as if it’s still our problem to fix. Get your s—t together, guys,” Brandt wrote. “I, for one, am sick of dealing with it.”
Since the photo was posted on Thursday, it has been “liked” more than 87,000 times and shared nearly 48,000 times.
In a tweet Saturday, Brandt mentioned the positive response to her post.
“Watching this conversation bloom hearing your similar experiences has been incredible. Thank you for sharing,” she tweeted.