TCW’s Belinda Brown has written a splendid piece for The Daily Mail slapping down the absurd idea advanced by Nottinghamshire police that wolf-whistling should be categorised as a hate crime:
Striding down the avenues and boulevards of Paris in my early 20s, I regularly found myself receiving verbal advances from men. Working as a model in that cosmopolitan city I suppose it wasn’t surprising that I attracted attention from the opposite sex, whether it was wolf whistles or appreciative comments.
Sometimes I found it flattering, sometimes – like the man who groped me in when I was travelling on the Metro – the attention was most definitely unwanted.
But did it ever occur to me to call the police? Of course not.
This was normal social intercourse and if I felt the men were a nuisance I had the nous tell them to get lost, often in their native language. And I can promise you they all did. Without exception. Even the man on the underground. After I’d whacked him with my handbag and told him loudly to get lost, he did just that. While his behaviour was odious, it was not beyond my wit to deal with it. I certainly didn’t consider it necessary to call in the authorities.
And yet, according to one British police force, because I’d been singled out on account of my sex, that’s exactly what I should have done on all of these occasions.
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