Eric Owens, Daily Caller, November 2, 2014
By now, you’ve probably seen the viral video in which the frumpy woman with the Flashdance hair walks around the streets of New York City getting catcalled.
The hidden-camera video was released last week by Hollaback, a group that bills itself as “an international movement to end street harassment.” The video documents the woman, 24-year-old actress Shoshana Roberts, walking the streets of New York for 10 hours as she claims to be the victim of some 100 instances of harassment.
Now, The New York Times wants to know if a law should shield white feminist women by preventing black and Hispanic men from speaking to them, and possibly offending their tender sensibilities.
“Do We Need a Law Against Catcalling?” the august, Victorian newspaper asks.
“Should current laws dealing with harassment be strengthened to include catcalling, or will that go too far in trying to control speech and behavior?”
In the video, virtually every man who speaks to Roberts (with comments such as “How you doing today?”) is either black or Hispanic.
While some commenters who responded to the “Room for Debate” piece noted the potential constitutional problems with a law against minority men chatting up white women, others wholeheartedly agreed that men on public streets must be silenced.