If people were fined for catcalling, do you think they'd be less likely to do it?
Argentina hopes so.
A new bill, introduced this week in Argentina, says that any unwanted verbal or physical attention directed at someone based on their gender, identity, or sexual orientation will lead to a fine of 1,000 Argentine pesos (about $62 USD) for the perpetrator, according to La Nación.
"For a street free of assault — if it makes you uncomfortable reading it, imagine hearing it."
This is a huge deal for the country, given that Argentine president Mauricio Macri, back in 2014, had said that all women like receiving piropos (catcalls), even when they claim to be "offended" by it.
Legislator Pablo Ferreyra, who introduced the bill, said:
All people have the right to move freely and with the confidence that they won't be violated, regardless of the context [of the situation], their age, the time of day, or what they were wearing. Human rights don't depend on and aren't dictated by details of the environment.
"I support Acción Respeto because I don't want my body to be public opinion."
Ninety-seven percent of Argentine women have been victims of street harassment, according to Remezcla; most of them received their first catcalls before the age of 18.
"Catcalling is profoundly violent because it's unwanted," Ferreyra added, "and generates a negative psychological impact. ... There should be no argument to tolerate this behavior," even when it's accepted as "tradition" by society.
Seems like Trump could take a page from Argentina, if you ask me.