Whether you’re parading the streets in a body-hugging mini skirt or heading to the corner café in baggy T-shirt and unwashed face… men will holler! I’m sure the ladies out there have had their fair share of men who have hurled words like ‘sweetie, baby, s’thandwa, honey, mabebeza, my size’, the list goes on and on. I won’t go into those guys who try to touch! I have never understood why guys can’t just let a girl walk by uninterrupted. I spoke to a few guys to get the low down. Oh, and you’ll notice that I did not get any responses from truck drivers, construction workers and foreigners. I’ll let you come to your own conclusion, although I have to admit they are the worst culprits when it comes to hollering. With that said, here is what the guys had to say…
Question: Why do guys whistle and/or holler at girls whenever they walk past?
On the Streets
(laughs) We do it to get the girls’ attention and take it from there if she stops for us.
I’ve never done that. But I think men do that ‘coz they’re bored and just want something to interest them.
If she is beautiful, you have to! But we do it in a group, you don’t holer at girl when you’re alone – you just don’t do it.
Hollering and whistling are no form of respect… simply walk up to the girl/woman and say ‘Hello, I saw you from a distance and my heart said I’d like to meet you and here I am’… wait and see if she won’t give you the attention you need.
It’s the way we greet [girls] and show that respect when we like the girl.
It’s an African thing.
And then a funny thing happened…
Abiah (of Cream Cartel)
Imma murder, with the heel of a stiletto nogal, the person who added me to this chain!
As long as they are heels to die for…
*bbm straight face* not impressed
Sense of humour – not existent.
Whistling is a way to get her attention and if you’re lucky, she loks and waits for you.
I don’t do it. I think it’s disrespectful.
I don’t do that. I would rather go up to a girl and tell her she is attractive. Men who [holler] do it because they want to evoke an emotion from the girl.
Well, from heated high heel ‘threats’, men craving attention and the obvious mentions of hollering being targeted at ‘pretty, beautiful’ women, I guess us women just have to live with this one. We will let bygones be bygones. And a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do, take it as a compliment; our vanity will appreciate it.