Superman Star Henry Cavill Says Women Have A Double Standard With Catcalling

During a recent interview with The Sunday Times the 32-year-old Superman star Henry Cavill revealed that when it comes to sexual harrassment and catcalling, he thinks women have a bit of a double standard. While sharing his observations, he noted that while he may receive unsolicited comments, he doesn’t feel the same danger as women:

He said:

“I do think there’s a bit of a double standard, you know. I mean, if a girl shouts something like ‘Oi, love, fancy a shag?’ to me as I walk past I do sometimes wonder how she’d feel if a builder said that to her. Although, of course, I wouldn’t feel physically threatened, as she might.”

It’s certainly valid to investigate our assumptions about masculine bodies and the ways we often assume it’s impossible for men to feel objectified in such a sexist culture. But also, it’s a pretty obvious false equivalence to say it’s a full-on double standard, given the fact that as Cavill said, he has no sense of danger. Also, this was not an experience he dealt with regularly before turning 17-years-old as it is with 84% of women.

His situation is very much the exception as most men don’t regularly deal with catcalling, but even so his overall point is valid. Regardless of how attractive or famous or seemingly strong a man is, that is not an excuse to make comments or propositions about his body without his consent. It’s easy to lose sight of given how aware we are of the objectification of women, and how objectifying men can feel like a quick relief.

Cavill did clarify that for the most part he doesn’t mind it, but it really gets to him when his girlfriend Tara King is around:

“I’ve heard some things. I don’t mind it, unless I’m with my girlfriend and someone is being complimentary to me in order to disrespect her.”

It’s a meta-level of bullshit to use catcalling a man to disrespect his girlfriend, which makes me believe it definitely happens.