Calling Out Catcalling Culture

Alanna Cronk, Dr, Samantha Dressel, English, Georgetown University, 3700 O St NW Washington, DC 20057

Catcalling: almost every female-presenting person experiences it, yet everyone has a different interpretation of the experience. This ethnographic research project used qualitative surveys to first, explore the essential property of catcalling, second, establish the frequency of catcalling and finally, identify and evaluate the range of reactions people have in response to catcalling. Participation in this study was confidential and took place remotely with an online survey that was approved by Chapman University’s Cayuse Internal Review Board. This project used open coding to group the unique interpretations of catcalling. With this grouping, the project then arranged the data in a gradient ranging from negative to positive. Each group was then matched with a past study that has a complementary theory explaining the motivation for catcalling. For example, in a group of data with negative anxious feelings towards catcalling, a theory providing motivation for inducing a negative response was selected. Given that this issue is so wide-spread, it is important that there is an understanding of how this phenomenon contributes to the female psyche throughout a lifetime. Even more importantly, academic work exploring sexual and stranger harassment often makes its participants use quantitative scales to communicate their experience. Given that sexual and stranger harassment in itself is a dehumanizing experience, this project preserves the personal, unique, qualitative properties of the participants' narratives. Creative activity and research become one with the deliverables of this project. Twenty deidentified individual profiles that summarize the participants’ responses are the center of the first deliverable, a twenty-page zine. The zine also features samples of the subjects' handwriting, pictures of any relevant personal effects, and artistically related collages, for an engaging, easy to access experience. The second deliverable is a traditional thirty-page research paper, for academic dialogue. The final deliverable is a poster, for easy, quick comprehension. 

Additional Abstract Information

Presenter: Alanna Cronk

Institution: Georgetown University

Type: Poster

Subject: Gender, Ethnicity, & Cultural Studies

Status: Approved

Time and Location

Session: Poster 7
Date/Time: Tue 3:30pm-4:30pm
Session Number: 5056