NEW YORK – A photo that was posted to social media has stirred up a debate online and gone viral.
Girls around the country have brought attention to dress code violations through the use of Facebook, which has caused many people to question why certain dress codes are in place.
However, one New York woman says her experience walking to a subway should serve as a lesson to parents and young girls.
Christen Brandt took to Instagram after she claims she was catcalled while walking to a New York subway station.
“This is what I was wearing this morning as I made my way through a crowded 34th Street subway station, and a man passing by me said, “Damn, you have some great legs.” When I ignored him and kept walking, he turned around to follow me, to get closer, even as I was moving away. “Did you hear me, honey? I said you have nice legs. Damn! Thank you.” It was the “thank you” that got me. As if my 5 inches of legging-covered skin were there for him. Given as a gift wrapped in brown tights. Existing in the world for him to appreciate, or not,” she posted.
“Next time you wonder whether your skirt is too short, next time you ask your teen daughter to change her clothes, or the next time you hear about school dress codes in the news, remember this photo. I am in a f****** parka and boots. And it. doesn’t. matter. All women have these moments. All of us. And yet the world acts as if it’s still our problem to fix.”
Her post has sparked a debate on Facebook, with some people saying there are bigger problems in the world than catcalling. However, it also seems to have struck a chord with women across the country, saying they have had similar experiences no matter what outfit they are wearing.