Ladies, have you ever wondered how freeing the mean city streets might feel if they weren’t open to public catcalling and whistling when you walked by? Turns out, if you happen to be visiting New York or Philadelphia, then you might actually get the chance to find out.
Thanks to non-profit clothing company Feminist Apparel and activists Pussy Division the stop-catcalling word is getting out. The two organizations have teamed up to plaster the streets of Brooklyn, Manhattan and Philadelphia with genius, official-looking street signs designating “No Catcall Zones” that have definitely garnered interest.
— Jessica Mendoza (@_jessicamendoza) April 15, 2015
— New York Magazine (@NYMag) April 16, 2015
The campaign is designed to end street harassment, or at least raise awareness of it. But as Gothamist points out, plastering these signs in public places is a little like the signs in the bathrooms reminding restaurant workers to wash their hands — the real question is why we need a sign in the first place.
To help remind us when it’s OK to catcall and when it’s not, we’ve decided it’s time to re-post Playboy‘s amazingly helpful flowchart.