CATCALLING: SHOULD WE EDUCATE YOUNG GIRLS OR MEN?
1950 said to a 12 years-old girl: “Hey, do you know where I can find Tight P*ssy Street?”
2021 said to a 12 years-old girl: “If you turn around once more I’ll f*ck you”
“Worthy Citizens”, Carolina de’ Castiglioni’s new short movie, will premiere on all social media platforms on April 17th, in occasion of the Anti-Street Harassment Week. This short movie highlights, with sarcasm and irony, the need of a law to prevent catcalling.
Carolina de’ Castiglioni previously starred in “Ridiamoci Su!” (“It’s Just A Joke!”), a documentary short realized for International Women’s Day. In this work, funny yet impactful, she addressed the evident sexism present in Italian media, gathering almost 800.000 views in just 24 hours.
WORTHY CITIZENS portrays an absurd (or not) world in which young girls are taught to respond politely to the ‘compliments’ they receive from strangers while walking down the streets. As their Professor teaches them, during a class of Civic Education, men cannot control their impulses and therefore it’s perfectly normal if they yell extremely vulgar things when they see women walking past them. Besides, if some girls wear provocative clothes, they’re asking for those comments.
Fiction aside, the short movie shows sentences such as “What’s the color of your underwear?” Or “If you turn around once more I’ll f*ck you”. These are real words that, on average, 80% of women under 17, worldwide, have heard at least once while walking down the street. In our society, young girls and women are taught to protect themselves from potential predators. Ever since they’re little they are told “Don’t wear that dress..” “You were asking for it” “You should be happy, it’s just a compliment”.
Shouldn’t we change perspective? Why do we keep, even in 2021, educating young girls and women to avoid harassment, while maybe it would be best to educate men not to harass?
“WORTHY CITIZENS” was realized in collaboration with Wanna Be Safe Italia, who’s petition aims to make catcalling a crime in Italy. The project was also supported by Catcalls of Milan (sister page of Catcalls of London and Catcalls of New York), an Instagram page that collects and shares experiences of street harassment.
Carolina de’ Castiglioni is a young actress, graduated magna cum laude in acting and philosophy at New York University Tisch School of the Arts. In the last years she won various Best Actress Awards from many Film Festivals worldwide. She believes in art also as the medium of change and vehicle to share awareness on complex issues.
Source: Hollaback & Cornell University’ Survey on Street Harassment
Watch the full video on Instagram: @carothesituation