She Endured Hours Of Horrible Catcalling To Prove A Point
She endured hours of horrible catcalling from people on the street and managed to prove a very powerful point. Mirabelle Jones subjected herself to eight hours of catcalling while wearing nothing but her underwear on display on a busy Los Angeles sidewalk.
She walked continuously in that window booth being surrounded by comments she received online which printed on paper. While walking around, all she was constantly catcalled: “I like that ass,” “Hey girl, get in my car,” and “Bitch, I said come here”. Plenty more comments were made, but they’re almost too difficult to write.
“Throughout the day, there are men who enticed by my lack of clothing stand and stare at me,” Mirabelle Jones said. “When they realize through the audio loop and visual cues that they are watching a performance about catcalling, some take off…”
“Another group of men stand, point, laugh and make comments about my body, especially my breasts and ass, as if weighing their value. There are groups of men who argue on the sidewalk about whether or not I as a woman have the right to object to catcalling”.
“Those are just compliments,” one says.
“Women should be grateful they get that kind of attention,” says another.”
“In these last twenty minutes, I will do what so many of us wish we could do when we are harassed on the street: I will have my revenge,” Mirabelle Jones commented the final act of her performance.
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“At last, all that remains in the gallery is myself and a pile of crumpled, deflated insults. Standing there, finally free to stand, free to move how I wish, I feel tremendously powerful.”
She blasted every balloon with a razor blade, showing that women need to shatter all the catcalls they receive, in order to free themselves from the anger building up inside. Mirabelle said she felt revealed when she destroyed all the balloons and was left with a pile of ‘deflated insults’.