Even Superman can’t protect Henry Cavill from the swarm of criticism he’s about to receive for the comments he just made about catcalling.
The Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice star did an interview with The Sunday Times (published Monday), in which he discussed what he views as a catcalling double standard.
“If a girl shouts something like ‘Oi love, fancy a shag?’ to me as I walk past, I do sometimes wonder how she’d feel if a builder said that to her,” he told the publication. “Although I wouldn’t feel physically threatened, as she might.” Jezebel reports Cavill literally said the phrase, “I do think there’s a bit of a double standard” when discussing the topic.
Cavill added that he has been propositioned in the streets but doesn’t mind “…unless [he is] with [his] girlfriend” and someone is trying to “disrespect” her.
We give Cavill credit for acknowledging the distinction between male and female catcalling, but it is still rather irksome he equated the two even loosely. Women have a far more tumultuous, sinister history of being catcalled than men. Ladies have been made to feel like they’re nothing but their looks when this happens; they are reduced to a two-dimensional, male-focused ideal. For men, it’s not as debilitating. Patriarchy allows them to maintain power when we ogle them. Women aren’t as lucky. Plus, as Cavill said, the threat of physical intimidation is (typically) more apparent when a man catcalls a woman. That’s a major reason why these aren’t on the same level.
But that’s our opinion. What do you think about Cavill’s remarks?