A new animated video shows how women's bodies are treated on the street -- and in their own minds.
"Sidewalk," a short film directed and animated by Celia Bullwinkel, looks at the attention a woman gets on the street as she ages from a young girl into an elderly woman -- comments on her cute appearance, catcalls, body-shaming, and finally no reaction at all.
"The film originated from the catcallers? I encountered in when I was younger," Bullwinkel told The Huffington Post in an email. "I remember complaining to my mother over the phone about these interactions, and her response was, 'Enjoy it now; someday it will all go away, and you might miss it.' My initial reaction was 'NEVER!,' but I came around to see some truth to her statement."
Bullwinkel shows how a simple walk down the sidewalk can feel like a lifetime public appraisal. The film's character goes through different phases of loving and hating her body through different parts of her life, which is reflected back at her in the reactions she gets on the street -- and what's implied in their absence.
"I wanted the film to resonate with women like myself, who have to work hard in order to keep a positive sense of self as they grow older," Bullwinkel told HuffPost. "The film is also designed [for] young girls, who may not yet be aware of the journey they’re about to embark on."
Watch the full video above.
[h/t Wifey TV]