Women are more likely than men to think cat-calling is acceptable

More women than men actually think catcalling is acceptable even though they are exposed to the cheeky compliments the most

  • Survey found women are more likely than men to think cat-calling is acceptable
  • Say it is because of more frequent exposure to remarks about their appearance
  • 61 per cent of men think it is ‘always’ or ‘usually’ wrong for a man to comment on a woman’s appearance in the street but just 52 per cent of women said the same 

Women are more likely than men to think cat-calling is acceptable, a survey has found. 

The latest data from the National Centre for Social Research’s (NatCen) British social attitudes survey suggests that this is because of women’s more frequent exposure to remarks about their appearance.

The research found that 61 per cent of men think it is ‘always’ or ‘usually’ wrong for a man to comment on a woman’s appearance in the street but just 52 per cent of women said the same.

The latest data from the National Centre for Social Research’s (NatCen) British social attitudes survey suggests that this is because of women’s more frequent exposure to remarks about their appearance (file image)

But when it came to women commenting on men’s appearance in the street only 35 per cent of men thought it was wrong, while 52 per cent of women said it was always or usually wrong.  

The study also found that middle-aged men were more likely than men aged 18-34 to say that telling a woman in the street that she looked ‘gorgeous’ was wrong, The Telegraph reports.


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The survey also found that Britain has become a more trusting society, with more than half of the population believing that people can be trusted, figures suggest.

Around 54 per cent of the population believe that people can be trusted, the highest level since researchers began asking the question in 1998.

The proportion of people saying that people can almost always or usually be trusted has remained relatively stable at around 45 per cent.

People with degrees (64 per cent) and in managerial or professional social classes (63 per cent) are more likely than those with few or any formal qualifications (42 per cent), or in routine or manual jobs (41%), to say that on the whole they think other people can be trusted.

The research also finds that higher social trust is associated with having a larger social network.

On the question of politics, the survey found that 49 per cent of people aged 55 or over and 54 per cent of those with no formal qualifications want to leave the EU, compared with 23 per cent of those aged 18 to 34 and 19 per cent of graduates.

But when it came to women commenting on a man’s appearance in the street only 35 per cent of men thought it was wrong, while 52 per cent of women said it was always or usually wrong

Despite these divides, the EU referendum has not led to a rise in English nationalism, as 13 per cent of people in England describe themselves as English, not British, the lowest level since 1997.

The most popular category remains ‘Equally English and British’ at 41 per cent. 

Around 93 per cent believe that the world’s climate is definitely or probably changing. The figures say 25 per cent of people are very or extremely worried about climate change, 45 per cent are only somewhat worried, and 28 per cent are either not very or at all worried about it.

Roger Harding, head of public attitudes for the NatCen, said: ‘Despite our internal battles over Brexit, our trust in each other is at the highest level in nearly two decades.

‘In these times of economic uncertainty we want the Government to protect families on low wages.

‘There is little mistaking how politically divided we are between the young and more formally educated who want a close relationship with the EU and see more benefits in immigration, and older people and those with few qualifications who take the complete opposite view.’

He added: ‘The proportion of people in England who see themselves as English and not British is at the lowest level in two decades.

‘Commentators have talked about a surge in English nationalism due to Brexit, but that’s not obvious from these numbers.

‘It remains to be seen if the World Cup brings out a fresh wave of English patriotism.’

The survey consisted of 3,988 interviews with a sample of adults in Britain.

 

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