Buenos Aires Wants to Outlaw Street Harassment of Women

Officials in Argentina, and beyond, are finally taking catcalls more seriously.

JORDANA TIMERMAN

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Buenos Aires has a love-hate relationship with piropos—a sort of combination pick-up line and compliment—frequently hurled by men at female passersby. Whether the comments are a colorful custom to be celebrated or a form of gender violence that should be targeted by authorities is a perennial debate. Last year the city’s mayor (and current presidential candidate), Mauricio Macri had to apologize after saying that “deep down, all women like to receive apiropo, even if it’s rude, like ‘what a nice ass you’ve got.’ ”

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