WHO IS CAT CALL CHOIR?
Cat Call Choir was born in 2016 in the Mission District of San Francisco from the need for a more productive response to street harassment. One woman dressed in a black choir robe passionately delivered songs to passersby and offered an ear to anyone willing to share their thoughts and experiences. Now a revolving group of 23 west coast women, Cat Call Choir performs on stages, in alleyways, at farmers markets, and most recently, at the Women's March 2019 in Oakland, CA.
The goal of each performance is to use humor and storytelling to challenge perceptions about harassment and consent. Cat Call Choir songs are derived from real-life harassers' words, actions and mannerisms and fashioned to the tune of nursery rhymes and other widely recognizable songs.
Cat Call Choir avoids lyrics that admonish harassers, overtly correct their behavior, or offer solutions to harassment as a cultural epidemic. This choice helps the choir avoid victimizing its performers and allows their skills and solidarity to shine. Cat Call Choir tells true stories-with flair and innuendo-and lets the stories speak for themselves.