Whenever a woman decides to speak out about being catcalled in public, many people pop the same-old question: “But what were you wearing?”
Kati Heng was absolutely tired of hearing that question, so she set up a Tumblr page in order to record what women were wearing when they were catcalled and show that clothes do not determine how likely is a woman about to get harassed.
The page is titled But What Was She Wearing: Stop the Cat Call, and Heng describes it as “a project documenting what real girls were really wearing when they were the objects of street harassment. Heng, and all the women that shared their stories on her page asking people to get over the question “What were you wearing?” and just listen to their stories.
The blog’s aim is to share women’s stories of street harassment without allowing anyone to blame them on what they wore.
By asking the stupid question, it implies that WE are the ones responsible for what happened to us. So, by posting selfies of what women were wearing upfront, it takes the question away.
Heng was inspired by her personal experiences to create the Tumblr page. She told BuzzFeed that she got catcalled twice in one weekend recently, and the first time she was wearing shorts and a baggy flannel, and she was walking with her boyfriend.
So, here are some of the photos that were shared on her Tumblr page.