Woman berates catcaller in Craigslist Missed Connections post

Lindsay Jolivet
Daily Buzz
Woman calls out catcaller in Craigslist ad. (Image courtesy Craigslist)

A Minneapolis woman chose the Internet to air her grievances against a man who she says made lewd, sexual comments at her from his car, and her impassioned rant has gone viral.

The woman, identified as Lindsey by the Huffington Post, chose a platform designed for admiring strangers to seek the objects of their affection, the Craigslist's Missed Connections section, but this post isn't about a search for love.

Lindsey, who described herself as a 27-year-old woman with blonde hair, wrote she was standing on at an intersection wearing a black dress and sandals when a middle aged man wearing a red polo shirt ruined her day.

[ Related: Thousands of women experience street harassment on a daily basis - but now they are #shoutingback ]

She wrote to him in the first person:

So, that's where we were. Me, minding my own business. You, apparently observing my a**. At that point you had options. You could have driven past me and said nothing. You could have turned up your radio and waved, ensconcing us in some beats and camaraderie. You could have shouted out, "Happy Friday! Yeehaw!" Any of those options would have been great. I probably would have waved, smiled, and started my weekend on the same high note as you.

But he didn't. She wrote that instead the man commented about her body, asked her if she was wearing a thong and then peeled away from the intersection as the light changed.

"Thanks to you I would spend the entire train ride home feeling scrutinized and gross because you didn't have the willpower or maturity to keep your mouth shut," Lindsey wrote, followed by advice to other men that it isn't flattering to holler at women on the street, even if it's meant to be a compliment.

Catcalling has received attention recently after the creation of Hollaback, a smartphone app that lets users report the location of street harassment and in New York City, users can send the information to City Council, according to New York Magazine.