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After moving to Philadelphia from Fort Collins, Colorado, artist Hannah Price started experiencing street harassment for the first time, and she came up with a novel way to respond to it: she turned her camera on the men who catcalled her. In a fascinating interview with The Morning News, Price describes how she takes the portraits: “Once a guy catcalls me, depending on the situation, I would either candidly take their photographor walk up to them and ask if I can take their photograph. They usually agree and we talk about our lives as I make their portrait.”

The resulting images are mesmerizing for a number of reasons. First of all, the pictures create a moment of genuine connection between Price and the men who openly harassed her. You can tell which of the men were willing to talk to her, which ones were hesitant to be photographed, which ones felt shame when asked to appear on camera. Price’s decision to engage these men instead of averting her eyes and quickening her pace takes the anonymity out of the catcalling equation.

I was also struck by how vulnerable some of the men in the photos look. Every woman knows how small and vulnerable being catcalled can make you feel — to see some of the men behind these taunts show their own vulnerability turns the entire dynamic on its head. Price’s photos remind us that these men are human. Their behavior is disgusting, their view of women is appalling, but they’re not monsters. They are complex, confused humans.

Hopefully, the interaction also reminded them that Price and every other woman they mistreat is a human too, deserving of kindness and respect.

Check out all of the portraits at Hannah Price’s website, and kudos to Price for creating such a brave and thought-provoking photo series.

 

The Frisky

This post originally appeared on The Frisky. Republished with permission.

  • KB

    I don’t know how I feel about this. Can’t wait to see the other comments.

  • My Name is My Name

    Seriously? I am supposed to empathize with the men who dehumanize and disrespect me for simply being a woman in public?

    There is nothing thought-provoking about this.

  • Apple

    A woman done this in the 90s. It was a documentary called “War Zone” and while some smiled and talked, some became violent , called her names and spit at her

  • NY’s Finest

    I’m sorry but it ain’t shit complex about an idiot who stands around harassing women all damn day.

  • Deb

    Ok and did she call them out for their gross behavior? How does this help women from being harassed?

  • http://www.myblackfriendsays.com myblackfriendsays

    I like it. At the end of the day, we are all human beings.

  • vintage3000

    The only mesmerizing thing about these photos is that she wasn’t violently attacked after taking them. Aside from that, I would give this a C for courage as an art school project. She isn’t turning the gaze back at her subjects, we already know what these fools look like.

  • Stella

    Word.

  • CAsweetface

    Brilliant idea!

  • CAsweetface

    The majority of these men look like the low life’s of every city that do this. It’s like these guys are cloned and placed in cities around the world to annoy us. I like the fact that she turned it on these clowns but I doubt they’ll stop this vile behavior.

  • Cocochanel31

    I see nothing profound or “telling” about the pics ( outside of them showing some broke down busted brothas)
    but maybe I am ignorant !smh

  • http://gravatar.com/freshjewels rachel s

    Id rather see the reactions of women who are cat called.

  • http://gravatar.com/geenababe geenababe

    I looked at the pictures and one of the guys was next to a woman. It funny because the men looked exactly like I picture they would look. This doesn’t seem like such a complex thing to me. I mean she’s just taking their picture. I am pretty sure the men were ashamed for a minute but did it again as the next time a “good looking” woman passed by.

  • http://gravatar.com/keimia Kam

    Imagine being a 12 year old and facing these men. Why not take pictures of the women and little girls who have to go through this crap every day? I wasn’t raised in Colorado, I was raised in the Bronx so I have no problems seeing Black men as human, I just want them to stop harassing.

  • ijs

    I see nothing special abt this. They all look exactly how I pictured they’d look. Mostly black, run down and thirsty looking who probably have little luck with women so they harass and dehumanize us to stroke their sorry ego and make them feel better abt being lonely and bitter. *yawn* NEXT!

  • http://gravatar.com/jamesfrmphilly jamesfrmphilly

    i do street photography in philadelphia. maybe i’ll run into her some day.

  • http://gravatar.com/jamesfrmphilly jamesfrmphilly

    guys who do this are basically losers……

  • cosmicsistren

    @jamesfromphilly – “guys who do this are basically losers….” Thanks for stating the obvious. We didn’t need to have a man come on a website for WOMEN of COLOR to voice that opinion. Any woman with half a brain would know that.

  • SayWhat

    To me this whole ‘project’ is a slap in the face to every VICTIM of street harassment. Because of these bitter betas, not only can we not walk safely in our own neighborhoods, but we have had to pretend to be interested to keep from being verbally and physically abused by these animals, and now you want me to view a photo gallery of them to see the ‘softer’ side of them?! You’ve got to be kidding me.

    How about you do a photo project of the women who they harass and terrorize? how about you do a nanny cam as they follow these women and call them every vile name in the book? how about as they grab them? or hit them? how about as everyone around laughs at the women’s discomfort?

    It’s not my job to soothe the fragile black male ego, especially not when he is trying to make me or women like me his next victim.

  • Apple

    Well it would be nice if they treated us as such

  • http://www.nesheaholic.com LaNeshe (Nesheaholic.com)

    I think the purpose was to turn around and put them in a vulnerable position in the moment that they were doing the same to her.

  • http://gravatar.com/jadenoellesblog JN

    It is nice to finally put faces to some of those that attempt to dehumanize women. I saw it as a removal of power, an attempt to call them out for what they did. Imagine if their mothers, wives, girlfriends, or sisters saw their photo in this? Hopefully it teaches them to be ashamed, at least on a societal level.

  • http://silvermistical.wordpress.com mistermidnite

    That’s what they do, why would they stop. That’s like telling a Lion to stop hunting and become a vegan.

  • http://silvermistical.wordpress.com mistermidnite

    Women have this weird thing to where a man they’re interested in they don’t consider it harassment but let a man (WITHIN THE SAME SETTING) approach her, she’ll consider it harassment. Not all men have game or charisma. So they use what they can so obviously it’s worked before for them to continue on. I’m not saying it’s right, I’m just saying it’s not going to change.

  • My Name is My Name

    I don’t have to imagine. The first time I experienced street/sexual harassment was when I was 12. I’ve been experiencing harassment for 15 years now.

  • Apple

    Um isn’t that what harrassment is? Someone bothering you that you don’t wanna be bothered by??

  • sankofa

    You may find this interesting youtube(dot)com/watch?v=6gAME56uXWo
    I was really shocked by the amount of people who felt comfortable snapping photos of this woman/ talking about her behind her back.

  • vintage3000

    Males like this are not embarrassed that easily; in their minds any attention from a woman is better than none at all. Especially since she stopped and had conversations with them. They were probably flattered and don’t have the sense to feel shame. Some of them in the slideshow are old enough to be grandfathers, if they haven’t learned to treat women respectfully by now they never will.

  • http://twitter.com/cbmts cbmts (@cbmts)

    you don’t need to fight about everything. if this is such a big deal for you, demand that the site owner implements some sort of authentication. as it stands, it’s an open forum open to everyone.

  • http://elegantblackwoman.blogspot.com Elegance

    Yes and rapists and child molesters are people too. Let’s admire their mugshots…

  • justanotheropinion

    I applauded her effort to call them out – until she had conversations with them. In my eyes, that softened the blow and let them off the hook for their disrespectful behavior.

  • http://gravatar.com/ebony82 ebony82

    Yeah. Try that in NYC and Chicago. See what happens to your camera.

  • GiaB

    Makes me uncomfortable to look at these images because I can see the lust in their eyes. It just takes me back to all those time when I’m minding my damn business and some jacka$$ yells for me to smile.

  • Miguel Valdez-Lopez

    I’m a guy, so probably my opinion might sound biased. But I find this interesting.
    Not because it “gives us a glimpse to vulnerable men”. Ugh. Not that. We all know those are petty, little men, confused about how to approach the opposite sex.
    And some of them even bullies.
    I find this interesting because a woman and a camera turn the whole harassing notion on its head, making the men who just catcalled her either embarrassed, ashamed or even more confused.
    I hope this project goes farther, not to put a light on these “confused” men, but on how wrong it is to harass women.

  • Kim

    I think it makes men see themselves for who they are. Men will be who they are but I think it takes a closer look at the actual person and what they are attracted to. It also breaks it down how they should approach women. Men are attracted to beauty and women like the attention even though catcalls are unwanted attention. Maybe they can have a better approach to women.

  • http://gravatar.com/etto7 Ed

    @Kim Catcalls aren’t really meant as ‘approaches’ to women.
    Men do it because yes, they’re definitely finding you very attractive, but they know they’re not going to actually approach you and try getting to know you (because you’re just walking by minding your business), so they simply do something that they know will get ignored.
    10 times out of 10 (with the exception of this photographer, of course) the women will ignore it (or avert their eyes, walk quickly away).

    Taking their picture isn’t making them see themselves for who they are – if some stranger on the street that you decided to say “hello” to responded by turning around and asking to take your picture, what would be going through YOUR mind?

  • ijs

    Oh so what ur saying is black and brown men ( who are the majority of street harrasers) want society to view them as predators. Well congratulations. Mission accomplished.

  • http://www.theengine9experience.com Aziza B

    The link for her site does not work. Is the site down?

  • https://www.facebook.com/cristina.turcan.359 Cristina Turcan

    so in America when someone catcalls you, it’s harassment?? geez, why? it’s not like he touched you or said smth horny…. don’t understand it. When a guy catcall me once, i called him like i call my dog… his face should have been photographed

  • nosex

    Dont feed on hate it will make your skin ugly.

  • Thay Singh

    The soundtrack that gets loaded with the page is *super* annoying. Almost completely puts me off reading it

  • https://www.facebook.com/littlepaperkitten Chelle Bennett Hesla

    I once worked with an interpreter from Cuba, who had immigrated to the states in the 1980′s and became a citizen. He was educated, intelligent, tall, dark and handsome. He had this way of looking at you, right in the eyes..his attraction clear. It often gutted me because I wasn’t accustomed to being treated that way.

    During one conversation he asked me why the women he saw on the street became so angry or ignored him when he pointed out their beauty. He said that is how he was taught to treat women and women expected and even embraced it where he came from.

    He wondered why a woman wouldn’t want to be told she was beautiful. Whether I agreed with is assessment or not, it did force me to look at it from a man’s perspective.

    I took the time to explain that our expectations are quite a bit different. We are taught from a very early age that very few women actually possess the beauty required to warrant any real attention. That anything outside of that narrow line is unworthy and we need to feel bad about ourselves because of it.

    Men are fed a similar, equally destructive line. But if one stands back and watches men encounter women in public, their gaze tells the truth. Men find women beautiful period. Young, old, fat, skinny, ugly, gorgeous..it doesn’t matter. We possess a light they want to be caught in and 99% of the time it has nothing to do with the beauty of our face or the size of our body.

    I am no condoning cat calling, I believe that for good reasons many of us are made very uncomfortable by it. There are real, imminent dangers to be aware of. Some men are predatory. A woman wants to be able to walk down the street without being reduced, without feeling intimidated. But very few of us actually see genuine attraction because we believe we don’t deserve it.

    Very few men actually like women despite being sexually attracted to them. It affects how they treat women in every aspect of their lives. Women are something to be tolerated long enough to get what they want. And as intuitive as we are, we pick up on that right away. But to encounter a man who genuinely likes you, wants to hear what you have to say and comes from a place of deep appreciation, that’s an entirely different monster. Most of us who grew up in this society, have no idea what to do with it.

  • http://nosemancha1.wordpress.com Mancha Contributor

    Wow. This was a great comment…one of the better I have read in a long time. I even gave it a thumbs up, which i never do. Untill….

    “Very few men actually like women despite being sexually attracted to them. It affects how they treat women in every aspect of their lives. Women are something to be tolerated long enough to get what they want.”

    Why did you have to go off the deep end IN THE LAST PARAGRAPH??!!…and sabotage the rest of the post?! Some men, certainly..especially those emotionally immature or shielded from their feelings. But the notion that “very few men” can like an attractive women as a person seems to me significantly off base and unfair.

    otherwise, good post! Since you shared a story, i will share one as well. Once a foreigner worked in my office and was telling the women they looked beautiful and what not. Of course, this led to an office uproar.

    I told my female Colombian friend. In Colombia (like Cuba) “catcalling” is much more common. I wondered what she thought.

    She thought for a second and said, “This is a crazy country you live in where you can walk into a store and buy a gun, but you cannot tell a women she is beautiful.

    I thought it was a disarming answer.

  • https://www.facebook.com/dany.maxey Dany Marie Maxey

    Your lack of proper use of the English language makes it even easier to ignore your ignorant comment.

  • Brittany Miller

    She’s obviously not a native English speaker, so your criticizing her language shows your ignorance more than yours. And, as someone not from America, she is pointing out that it is accepted, even the norm, in other places. Finally, she deals with it directly. Good for her.

  • Brittany Miller

    Huh. That’s not how I read it at all. I saw it as her objectifying the men, as they had objectified her. Turn-around and perspective.

  • https://www.facebook.com/stephanie.cafasso Stephanie Cafasso

    Wow! Loved this comment. Very insightful and true!

  • https://www.facebook.com/paulinasmother Tracy Nina Singer

    Don’t you have a mute button on your computer?

  • https://www.facebook.com/paulinasmother Tracy Nina Singer

    It’s amazing to me that the world still doesn’t recognize sexual harrassment for what it is: a power play. Men catcall to objectify and feel powerful. They are ignorant when they do it. I often stop and talk to the men that do it to me, starting with “you know that makes us feel like shit, right?”

    Usually a conversation ensues and eventually we come around to “then how should I approach a woman?” I advise that they take up activities in which they’re interested and meet women that way. Then they are both being human beings instead of a penis and a vagina

  • Edward Artiste

    As a Photographer myself, I am torn.

    One one hand, I don’t support the “..every guy trying to get my attention is harassing me..” argument. Its too vague, and usually spearheaded by man-hating, self hating women looking to preach the victim gospel.

    That said, I think its still a fantastic premise. Most people if you just ask them why they do what they do- they will tell you. Simple, but fascinating. The fact that it concerns female/male communications makes it that much more interesting. Bravo.

    Overall I think this is very interesting. The main post photo looks awesome.

  • Kitten

    The link isnt working for me. Have any of you actually looked at the photographs before judging?

  • http://gravatar.com/52weeksofkink 52weeksofkink

    The link is broken for me too. :(

  • Edward Artiste

    “I advise that they take up activities in which they’re interested and meet women that way. Then they are both being human beings instead of a penis and a vagina.”

    I think that you are probably wise enough to know that this statement is non-advice.

    Do you seriously expect that this is one of the best ways to meet people? No, it’s just one ways – and usually when you want to meet someone that share your interests. In that sense, fine. However, many people don’t necessarily care about being in a relationship with someone ‘like’ them. Remember, opposites attract.

    Also, going to one of these places doesn’t teach you how to approach anyone. Approaching someone is the act of physically walking over or standing in their presence and speaking. It’s still an effort that must be made.

    In addition, women are pretty heartless towards guys that don’t make the grade. For all the talk of being treated liek queens, females can be utterly evil when it comes to saying ‘not interested’. Ive never seen a post about how to not offend a guy while saying no (story idea.)

    Giving the benefit of the doubt that all the men in the world probably don’t have nefarious thoughts, where is the compassion for the tons of ‘good’ guys that maybe aren’t so ‘cool’, but still need to express a desire to get to know someone? I would imagine that’s not a popular topic because burning the bras will probably get more page hits anyways.

    Every girlfriend ive ever had- quite a few- Ive been the initiator. That’s a guys job, since ladies prefer to wallow in the corner, hogging the seats at lounges, instead of becoming more a part of the process. In return, ladies get to make all the complaints. He didn’t do this, he didn’t do that…while they do nothing but grab free meals, literally enjoying tearing the hearts out of dudes, then jump on facebook to say that guys suck.

    The more i write the more it sounds like a tirade so ill stop here.

  • Raegan

    Clearly you have not been catcalled. Being catcalled is not having a man politely compliment you. It is not every man trying to get my attention as I walk to the bus in the morning or home from work every night. It is having a man objectify you with their eyes, their words or their tone. It makes you feel unsafe and vulnerable. You feel undressed by their words or actions.

    I’m sure you picture me as a “man-hating, self hating woman looking to preach the victim gospel,” and that’s fine with me. The funny thing about the internet is that you can picture anything you want when you read my words, however true or false.

    But wouldn’t it be amazing If you could step back for a minute and try to stand in a woman’s shoes? I think it might surprise you.

  • Edward Artiste

    You sounds like the woman that comes to the club and looks pissed off and in the corner alone, and when a guy ask you whats wrong, you call security.

    We don’t need your smile, just take your angry man hating self home.

  • CindyTellsMe

    Epic mansplaining, dude.

  • Angie

    i am torn on this issue.. There are days I’ve dressed up to look good and walking to the subway receive confirmation via looks and whistles. If i’m in the right mood I’l smile and wave. But there are the times when I’m introverted maybe even feeling sad and some man will make a comment that feels down right vulgar. And I’ll get seriously offended.
    I think in the first instant I am welcoming it with my walk and my whole attitude and its all just fun.
    Maybe it’s about knowing when its appropriate to call at someone and also what is said.
    Yes I’ll see lust in their eyes some times. But thats why I am dressed or made up the way I am. Thats what I am seeking. t’s just not from them I want it..
    I cant get upset at that.
    Women could never handle the kind of rejection men deal with.

  • https://www.facebook.com/cawi.buie Cawi Buie

    Thank you. Very insightful on your part.

  • DM

    I don’t think all types of cat calling is negative. It can fall as a confidence boosting compliment. It all depends on what the person said, and how he said it. Yes, there are times when it can be down right vulgar, but generally those are few and far in between.

  • Mike

    What exactly do we mean by “catcalling”? It would help if the author actually described what she means by the term, so people know how to respond to the article.

  • http://thatwilliam.com William S.

    Yeah why the language snobbery?

  • Rupert

    Unwanted, sexually flirtatious comments and physical demeanor, or unwarranted attention in general toward women for any reason are “catcalling”. Keep your lustful opinions to yourselves, gentlemen– it’s 2013, time to start acting like big boys. Just because a girl dresses in an alluring fashion does not give you the right to call her out on it.

  • http://www.nesheaholic LaNeshe (Nesheaholic.com)

    ::DEFINITIONS:: Catcalling – make a whistle, shout, or comment of a sexual nature to a woman passing by. Harassment – aggressive pressure or intimidation.

    What I’ve been thinking while seeing the comments come in is, is it harassment if the woman is not bothered by it? A few commenters have said it can be flattering if they’re in the right mood. Is the harm of catcalling based on how the woman feels about it?

  • Raegan

    Your question makes me think back to women’s suffrage. In the early 1900s, there were women who argued that we shouldn’t be allowed to vote. I would argue that those women had a limited view of their role in society. There will always be people on both sides of an issue, but I believe that our country is rooted in empowering all people and that we have a responsibility to that end.

    Women’s suffrage (difficult though it was) was a much more clear cut battle. A law was passed. Those who wanted to vote did, those who didn’t want to vote didn’t.

    Attempting to fight generations long prejudice and objectification of women is an altogether different monster. I would argue that catcalling is a remnant of that monster and those who enjoy it (true catcalling) reminiscent of those anti-suffragists.

  • https://www.facebook.com/sarahchristinebolton Sarah Christine Bolton

    The link doesn’t work.

  • http://fullofhugs.blogspot.com/ Becki

    I’d love to see these images, but the page won’t load for me. So disappointed.

  • Sophie

    Same here!!

  • GiaB

    Mr Artiste, I am truly sorry that your consideration was met with hatefulness. Especially if you were sincerely concerned. Unfortunately most men who cat call or harass a woman in the street by saying nasty things to her about her body do not care about the woman they are speaking to. They are trying to elicit a response and are not considering anything about what makes a particular woman who she is.
    And for the record I love men, especially Black men. It’s rude little boys I dislike.
    Have a blessed day.

  • Lamont

    See Maggie Hadleigh-West’s video WAR ZONE which used the same tactic (photographing catcalling men) years ago

  • jon

    Let’s not paint these guys to be these “complex, confused humans”, like some beautifully tragic thing. they are sexual harassers, and in the simplest form, terrorists.

  • Mary

    Me, too.

  • J F Sebastian

    Wait. So easily and animalistically verbalizing attractiveness is “disgusting?” Always?! Thank you so much for defining the world for me, there, then.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joyouslivingnow Aminda R Courtwright

    Yep site is down :(

  • Nakia

    I have many thoughts on this subject that would clearly be a waste of time to explore on this site, as the comments and reactions are pretty one-note. But this was my initial thought…that these women would HATE walking down the road in some of the countries outside of the US that I’ve visited. To relegate this behavior to brothas in Philly, or the us in general, is problematic for me. And there are women, many women, that relish the attention. Period. Not all women are victims of this behavior, even though most experience it.

  • Nakia

    This is a very middle class white woman response.

  • SuperXtar

    YOu ladies only understand ONE side of this equation. A Male is not approached by females. In society..it is incumbent on the male to initiate any encounters. They use that “technique” in short, because IT WORKS. Maybe not on YOU. But it works! Would the photographer have walked up to one of them and said wow you are handsome/fit/intelligent or whatever and say can we get together? We all know the answer to that is NO. So the only chance of that happening is if the MAN said something. SOOOO…how do you get a young lady’s attention? If they ran after you on the street and gave you flowers what would be the result? “HES A DESPERATE CREEP” If he offered you a ride in his car..would you take it? HELL NAW! So I ask you..What are these guys to do? Feel like they are sub human and not worthy of the company of a woman? What they did was totally understandable. They TRIED to get your ATTENTION. Thats ALL. They did not HARM or threaten. Yes it was CRUDE but there was NO OTHER WAY. I am a perfect gentleman who graduated from the #1 program in the nation in Engineering. And there would not have been a single VIABLE thing that I could have done to get her attention EITHER other than CALL OUT TO HER. I encourage all dissenting people to read “Why MEN ARE THE WAY THEY ARE” by DR WARREN FARRELL. If you are honest you may begin to understand the other side of that equation. Like what MEN have to deal with..and WOMEN TOO

  • Ameena

    I agree. These guys were just being guys. As long as they’re not saying vulgar things or touching her-she should ignore it. The time will come when no man will want to shout her out & she’ll wish they were.

  • Ameena

    They’re terrorists? I’ve never heard of death by a whistle.

  • Lyssa

    You are so ridiculous. Your entire way of thinking is based on the idea that you are entitled to anyone’s attention. The only way?

    It works on some people so lets override civility for those of us who are just trying to live life just like you?

    Men like you disgust me. Its not flattering and I resent ruined mornings and afternoons because of people like you.

  • Don

    …’terrorists’, though…?

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