Student Scholar Symposium Abstracts and Posters

Document Type


Publication Date

Spring 5-2020

Faculty Advisor(s)

Samantha Dressel


Catcalling: almost every female-presenting person experiences it, yet everyone has a different interpretation of the experience. There is a gradient of opinions of the subject ranging from longing to experience the validation catcalling can bring to reviling the insulting nature of the act. After establishing the frequency of catcalling across age and gender, this ethnographic research project will use qualitative surveys with around thirty individuals to identify and evaluate the range of attitudes people have about catcalling. This study will use Kristen Di Gennaro and Chelsea Ritschel's definition of catcalling, defining the act as "a comment in public taking place between the unacquainted breaching the norms of civil interaction between strangers but often including evaluative statements" (2019). Participation in this study is confidential and will take place remotely with an online survey that is approved by Chapman’s Cayuse Internal Review Board. This project will use open coding to identify and group the unique interpretations of catcalling. With this grouping, the project will then arrange the data in a gradient ranging from negative to positive. Each group will match with a past study that has matching theory explaining the motivation for catcalling. For example, in a group of data with mostly negative feelings towards catcalling, a theory explaining a negative motivation for catcalling will be selected. Creative activity and research become one with the deliverables of this project. Twenty individual profiles will be the center of the first deliverable, a twenty-page zine. The zine will also feature samples of the subjects' handwriting, pictures of any relevant personal effects, and artistically related collages. The second deliverable will be a traditional ten-page research paper.


Di Gennaro, Kristen, and Chelsea Ritschel. "Blurred Lines: The Relationship between Catcalls and Compliments." WOMENS STUDIES INTERNATIONAL FORUM, vol. 75. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1016/j.wsif.2019.102239.


Presented at the Spring 2020 Student Scholar Symposium at Chapman University.

This scholarship is part of the Chapman University COVID-19 Archives.