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I was catcalled covering the Weinstein trial. You can't make that up

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07.01.2020

When Harvey Weinstein’s criminal trial began on Monday morning in Manhattan, I was ready. I had done my research. I had woken up early and bundled up to be outside of court by the time Weinstein was scheduled to arrive. I had a phone, a portable charger, a notebook and a pen — which is pretty much all you need to do journalism these days. I quickly found a spot on the sidewalk right across from the New York County Supreme Court. And I waited.

I was a woman on a sidewalk. I was here to do my job. I was doing my job. And it took less than five minutes – perhaps less than two – for it to happen: a man catcalled me.

It’s pretty telling that as I type this, I’m immediately overwhelmed by the need to tell you that I know this is not a big deal. He wasn’t aggressive. In fact, what he said was: “You’re beautiful, miss.” That’s a compliment, right? That’s nice. The man was being nice. I’m a cool girl. I’m not going to raise hell because a man on the street told me I was beautiful. In fact, I should probably........

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