I am writing in response to you 1) yelling that I had a "beautiful ass", 2) asking if I had a boyfriend, and 3) inquiring as to whether or not I would be your girlfriend. First of all, your comments about my butt embarrassed me, as I didn't want everyone on the street (and most likely beyond) to hear your screams about my "beautiful" behind. They also made me self-conscious about my appearance for the rest of the day, as I was hyper-aware of what my butt looked like. My act of walking down the street is not an invitation for your commentary. Second of all, why would I tell you, a rude stranger, about my personal life? It's nosy, and frankly, not your business. Also, why would you assume I'm straight? Third of all, why on earth would I become romantically involved with a man who just yelled about my butt to everyone in a 4-block radius? Here's some advice: if you want a girlfriend, I personally would not recommend beginning a conversation with sexual harassment.
This, unfortunately, is not an isolated incident. In a 2008 survey conducted by Stop Street Harassment, 99% of 811 female respondents said they had experienced forms of street harassment. That percentage is actually shocking. Only 3 women who responded to that survey said that they had never experienced forms of street harassment. A study conducted by Hollaback! (a nonprofit dedicated to stopping street harassment) found that 85% of US women experienced various forms of street harassment before the age of 17.
A woman's body is not an exhibition for your personal viewing pleasure. A woman's body is what helps her exist; what helps her walk, talk, breathe, and think. A woman's body is not a sexual object waiting for your commentary, no matter what it is clothed in; a down parka or a miniskirt.
Catcalling ≠ flattery.
Catcalling (or any type of street harassment) is no better than insulting someone's appearance. It is violating, embarrassing, rude, and uninvited.
Next time, please keep your comments to yourself.