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Tumbleweed and respect: catcalling, Auckland style [VIDEO]

How to Kiwi men measure up to their Yankee counterparts? According to the latest viral experiments in catcalling, New Zealand men are still gentlemen


An online video detailing the experiences of an attractive woman roaming the streets of New York while getting catcalled over a hundred times quickly made the rounds last week, attracting social commentary from around the globe on account of the obviously misogynistic undertones it highlighted, often bordering on sexual harassment. A few days later, a Kiwi woman decided to replicate the experiment by walking through city streets of Auckland and documenting her observations.

Local model Nicola Simpson decided recorded her own video in collaboration with the New Zealand Herald, exploring every last corner of Auckland, yielding entirely different results and prompting the rather obvious question whether sexual boundaries are defined by culture rather than gender. Granted that the two women don’t look similar, the test in Auckland barely makes for scientific results but should nonetheless register on all our moral compasses.

See for yourself how Kiwi men still treat their ladies like ladies…



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