Sunday, February 19, 2012
Mellow yello/ save the world: Cherry Picker
A macho builder high up a cherry picker using his staple gun. I stood below him for a long time feeling conscious of myself. No construction worker whistled at me. I think these days, workers are told not to.
Changing people's attitude is one aspect of changing the world. At one stage, women couldn't walk past a construction site without being subjected to wolf whistling. Wolf-whistling at women is harassment!
I remember when I was young, construction workers used to call out,
Ah Moi Chantek, Kahwin Ah Pek.. This in Malay means, Pretty girl, marry me, (The old man). Me and my girl friends were very embarrassed. This is pretty tame, some make obscene remarks.
My fellow blogger Ginny tells me that it is not PC to do it.
In 2008, one of Bristol city's leading construction firms, George Wimpey, banned its workers from wolf-whistling. The firm claimed that the comic trill, made up of two rising and descending notes in portamento, was "out of place in the 21st century".