Emily Atack says it’s important to make whistling a “public health issue.”
the comedian and intermediate the star made the statement in his new BBC Two documentary Emily Attack: Ask? about their experiences of sexual harassment.
Atack said yelling sexual comments in public can be “very damaging” to people’s lives.
“Minor and normalized” behavior can evolve “into something much more sinister and malicious,” he said. “I think bringing things like making whistling a public health concern is important.
“People can wince and roll their eyes when they hear things like that, but now I can understand the importance of that kind of thing.”
He continued: “Whistling isn’t just whistling, it’s what that means: it means someone has that easy access to you but they can get rid of it by driving or running away and you’re left with the feeling. That can be very damaging over a period of time.”
In the documentary, Atack talks about online bullying and a variety of social media messages he’s received in the past.
The 33- also talks about her experiences, which include attracting unwanted sexual attention from a very young age, with her parents.
“When you grow up with that kind of behavior in your life, your family and the people who care about you do everything they can to stop it,” he said, adding that this would involve people trying to “change” their behavior, including “privileges.” ” like wearing makeup or a skirt to school that comes off.
“I feel like as bumpy and difficult as it was to go through that process, I really feel stronger and prouder of the film that we’ve made,” she said.
“If it prevents a guy from sending an explicit image to a girl that day, then something was done right.”
Atack has previously campaigned against cyber-flashing, where people send explicit, unsolicited images online, and spoke on the issue in Parliament in 2022.
Emily Attack: Ask? airs January 31 at 9pm on BBC Two.
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