A recent viral video of a woman walking down the street in New York, posted by Hollaback, sets out to expose the evils of catcalling. The video quickly went viral and Hollaback is using this viral exposure to push for legislation to “end catcalling.”
This sounds all fine and dandy to someone who doesn’t think past their own self-serving single layer government protected bubble of happiness. However, in reality, responding to someone’s speech with government force is horrific.
Sure, catcalling can be offensive, rude, derogatory, (insert negative connotation here) and it should most definitely be stigmatized and frowned upon by society.
However, non-violent speech does not directly violate or threaten the rights of any individual. Those who call for quelling the free speech of another person through the initiation of government force, are far more dangerous to society than a homeless drunk man vomiting up whatever lewd thoughts pop into his head as a pretty woman walks by.
Imagine for a minute the reality of making cat-calling illegal and the resultant black hole of bureaucratic entanglements. Court systems nationwide would be filled to the brim. The already over-stressed justice system would come to a grinding halt prosecuting “speech crimes.” More non-violent human beings would be incarcerated and the room for abuse by law enforcement would be pushed to the limits.
The negative consequences associated with using government coercion as a means to shut people up are endless and frightening.
Equally as concerning as the free speech issue that would arise from outlawing catcalling is the fact that Hollaback seems to think that telling a woman she’s beautiful is more dangerous than actual street harassment; police brutality and sexual abuse.
Sexual misconduct is the second highest of all complaints nationwide against police officers, representing 9.3 percent in 2010, according to an unofficial study.
In 2010, 354 of the 618 complaints involved non consensual sexual acts, and over half of those involved were minors.
Last month we reported on an officer in charge of a rape case who is accused of stalking and sexually harassing the victim.
In September, Oklahoma made headlines with three serial rapists in 3 weeks, all officers, as well as one police chief molesting children.
Also, last month an ‘Officer of the Month’ brutally raped a young woman on the hood of his car, at gunpoint.
In July, a former New York Police Department officer convicted of planning to kidnap and rape women before killing and eating them was set to go free after a federal judge overturned his conviction.
Or how about the police officer that was found guilty of raping a girl with a pencil; she was 5!
But no, Hollaback wants you to believe that we need this same group of people, with such rapacious sociopaths in their ranks, to enforce laws designed to ‘protect’ women from words.
Below is an eye-opening video created by Carey Welder. She nails the hypocrisy and ridiculousness of calling for an end to catcalling versus calling for an end to unnecessary and often violent police harassment.
This article originally appeared on The Free Thought Project.