"Sexism. Does it still exist? Many men say no."
So posits Jon Stewart in an Oct. 2 episode of "The Daily Show." Indeed, many (chiefly Fox News hosts and commentators) are convinced it doesn't, insisting catcalls are really just compliments, "boys will be boys," and we should just "let men be men already."
"The Daily Show" enlisted correspondent Jessica Williams to explore the grim reality of a country oversensitive to sexism. According to Fox News commentator Brit Hume: We live in "feminized atmosphere" that is suffocating men, who are "in constant danger of slipping out and saying something that's going to get you in trouble..."
Ah yes. Men are in danger! To prove it, Jessica Williams takes us into a day in her "fun world" of "Jessica's Feminized Atmosphere." Do men get to compete in beauty pageants every day on their walk to work? Oh, pity to the poor man who walks past an open construction zone with nary an unsolicited compliment. How's a guy supposed to get any exercise without the benefit of the 45 extra minutes of circuitous walking in order to avoid heavy catcalling corners? Who is there to remind men to smile?
In consultation with a few (dozen) women who dare to disagree that street harassment is not a flattering privilege of our "feminized atmosphere," Williams also provides a map of catcall-free zones in New York City and shares a few simple tips to walk down the street without getting harassed. "Act psycho" is the surest bet. Watch the full video for additional options.