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Catcalling negatively impacts how women view themselves

04 August 2017

That is the conclusion of research by a team at the University of Melbourne that was recently published in our British Journal of Social Psychology.

Being catcalled on the street can be an unfortunately frequent experience for many women, and new research from the University of Melbourne suggests that sexual harassment of this kind leads to "self-objectification", negatively impacting on how women view themselves.

Reported in The Independent, the research saw 81 women with an average age of 22 complete a number of surveys about their self-esteem and personality before reporting each instance of harassment over the course of a week.

The women reported being victims of a sexually objectifying event once every two days, with 55 per cent of instances being gazes, 11 per cent catcalls or wolf whistles, ten per cent sexual remarks and four per cent touching or fondling.

The researchers found that being personally targeted, or witnessing others being objectified, led to a "substantial increase" in "self-objectification".

 

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