Bad Cats

I saw this on Feministing and thought it was interesting. It was made in the ’90s and has a very ’90s feel, but it is an ever-present issue. I struggled with cat-calling a lot when I first moved to the city. It used to make me really uncomfortable and I often felt nervous walking down the street. I am more or less used to it now, but that makes me feel sad, too. I wonder how other tigresses have struggled with this one.

3 Responses to “Bad Cats”

  1. 1 Justin
    September 11, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    Thanks for the interesting video.

    There was a good discussion a couple of months ago (despite some WWW muck) over on my local message board:



  2. 2 thetigressreader
    September 15, 2009 at 11:59 pm

    Thanks Justin! Interesting stuff. And thanks for reading our blog!

  3. 3 Tigress Jenn
    September 21, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    I heard this on Scientific American a little while back and I can’t get it out of my head in regards to questions like this.


    Here’s the script from the podcast:

    Do men objectify women? Well some say there may be a tendency, since there’s a booming business in pornography. But to answer the how, when and why men objectify women requires some science.

    Princeton psychologist Susan Fiske presented findings from a new study this past Sunday, at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting in Chicago, where she and her colleagues compared, “…heterosexual men’s perceptions of scantily clad women, scantily clad men, and fully clothed men and women.”

    And what they found is the 21 male subjects had the best memory for photos of sexy bikini-clad women. No surprise. Then they had the men look at the photos while their brains were scanned and what she found was that, “…this memory correlated with activation in part of the brain that is a pre-motor, having intentions to act on something, so it was as if they immediately thought about how they might act on these bodies.”

    Fiske explained that the areas, the premotor cortex and posterior middle temporal gyrus, typically light up when one anticipates using tools, like a screwdriver. “I’m not saying that they literally think these photographs of women are photographs of tools per se, or photographs of non-humans, but what the brain imaging data allow us to do is to look at it as scientific metaphor. That is, they are reacting to these photographs as people react to objects.”

    Fisk also tested the men for levels of sexism and found a surprising effect those who scored high on this test, “…the hostile sexists were likely to deactivate the part of the brain that thinks about other people’s intentions. The lack of activation of this social cognition area is really odd, because it hardly ever happens. It’s a very reliable effect, that the medial prefrontal cortex comes online when people think about other people, see pictures of them, imagine other people.”

    “Normally when you examine social cognition, people’s aim is to figure out what the other person is thinking and intending. And we see in these data really no evidence of that. So the deactivation of medial prefrontal cortex to these pictures is really kind of shocking.”

    To be sure this is a preliminary study, and Fiske intends to follow up with a larger sample, but nonetheless she concludes, “…these findings are all consistent with the idea that they are responding to these photographs as if they are responding to objects and not to people with independent agency.” Fiske suggested that if there are sexualized pictures of women in the workplace, there may be a spillover effect, perhaps influencing the way people perceive female colleagues.

    —Christie Nicholson

    Shit, eh? Overcoming nature is rough stuff.

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