Leave it to the guy who authored a book called “The Manual: A True Bad Boy Explains How Men Think, Date, and Mate — and What Women Can Do to Come Out on Top” to pinpoint exactly what’s wrong with a viral anti-catcall video.
CNN brought “The Manual” author Steven Santagati and comedian Amanda Seales onto a panel Saturday to talk about a viral PSA from the anti-street harassment organization Hollaback! The video captured the catcalls one woman received while walking for 10 hours around New York City in simple jeans and a T-shirt.
“At lot of these men, they’re not just saying hello,” Seales explained. “They say hello, and when you say hello back, what that means is that’s an invitation to now holler at you.”
“And I can see you shaking your head, but you are not an expert on this, my brother, because you are not a woman walking in the street,” she said to Santagati.
“No, but I am more of an expert than you, and I will tell you why,” Santagadi replied. “I’m a guy and I know how we think more than you guys will ever know.”
“The bottom line is this, ladies,” he added. “You would not care if all these guys were hot. They would be bolstering your self-esteem, bolstering your ego. There is nothing more that a woman loves to hear than how pretty she is.”
But Santagati’s mansplaining didn’t stop there.
“I’m also very suspicious because this was put together by an ad agency to go viral,” he continued. “So how do we know some of those guys weren’t planted?”