In an interview with the Daily Mirror, 70-year-old – actor, presenter, campaigner, and former model Joanna Lumley has said women should regard wolf whistling as a compliment.
She said wolf-whistlers were saying: “Cor, you look all right darlin’.” adding: “What’s wrong with that?”. She also claimed that people had become “sensitive flowers” who were “very offended by everything”.
In the interview, Ms Lumley said people had been “tougher” in the 1960s.
“When I was modelling, photographers were much ruder. They’d say: ‘You look frightful, what’s the matter with you?’, ‘You look podgy, you look fat as a pig.’ It was good-natured banter. You kind of got on with it, it didn’t upset you.“
Last month, Nottinghamshire Police said they had recorded 11 misogynistic hate crimes since April, including harassment, kidnapping, possession of weapons and causing public fear, alarm or distress.
There were also 19 misogynistic “hate incidents”, that covered behaviour less serious than a criminal act such as name calling or offensive jokes.
In Worcester in April, a 23-year-old woman reported wolf-whistling builders to the police, although the police said it was a matter for the men’s employers. A builder involved referred to the wolf-whistling as simply “a bit of banter”.