In late October, a viral video showed how a woman walking the streets of New York City was catcalled and street harassed more than 100 times in 10 hours. Jumping on that trend, a newspaper on the other side of the globe shot its own video, but it got a very different result.
The New Zealand Herald had a woman walk around Auckland with a hidden camera trained on her to see the type of reactions she would get on the street.
Woman walked around the streets of Auckland in New Zealand and didn't get one formal catcall, but someone did casually flirt with her and another asked for directions. (Image source: YouTube)
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It is unclear exactly how long the woman was out walking, but in the time the newspaper filmed her, only two people spoke to her. The first person who spoke to the woman doubled back to flirtily ask if she was Italian and say that she looked nice. The second person to speak to her asked for directions.
So what gives?
Are American men just that bold or sleazy? Do women in other countries command a different level of respect compared to American women? Or was this just a slow day in the catcalling world and the NYC video was shot a particularly vocal day?