I shot these pictures as a kind of protest. Hands up how many women out there have changed their outfit before leaving the house for fear or being cat-called or worse?
A point I often have to make, to men I talk to about this, is that they have never had stand in front of a mirror and scrutinize their outfit from every angle. Will this draw attention to me? Is this too short? Is it too low cut? Too tight? Sometimes there isn’t even a science to it, you could be in the most un-revealing clothes and some men will still feel the need to pass comment. Now I’m not trying to say that cat calling is as bad as assault – of course not. But it feeds the over all culture in society.
The thing I found most shocking is that I was asking other women if they were going to share their stories on #MeToo. I wasn’t asking them if anything had happened to them because I just presumed that it had. We’ve all got stories, me included. I encourage men to read the hashtag. Many guys have been shocked at the sheer volume of stories on there.
Photography Matt McCormick