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Video: If Catcalls Were Cheeseburgers

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While many of us know how aggravating and sometimes scary catcalling is to women, one L.A.-based comedian is bringing this to light by giving us something tangible to compare it to—like cheeseburgers.

In this video from Tess Paras, she walks through L.A. streets and gets bombarded by men handing her cheeseburgers unsolicited. While cheeseburgers are great and all, she points out that women don't want them from strangers. Sometimes women aren't hungry or don't want to be interrupted by aggressive men throwing cheeseburgers their way when they're walking alone on a street or under a bridge. They certainly don't want to be stopped on the road when they're driving so a stranger can give them a cheeseburger.

Paras tells a group of men, "I don't exist on this planet just for cheeseburgers," and questions if guys would just throw cheeseburgers at their mothers.

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She told BuzzFeed that she made this video in order to "challenge the notion that catcalls are compliments that all women should enjoy."

It's not just in L.A. where female comedians are tackling the topic of catcalling. Over in New York, two women recently made a video where they went around whispering things like "that's a fine ass" to unsuspecting men to see their reactions.