It’s hard to believe that catcalling continues to plague contemporary society. Even as awareness grows, women still face unwanted gestures and remarks while walking down the street.
Most of the time, ignoring the person makes the problem go away. But for singer-songwriter Julia Price, this strategy only seemed to enrage the man catcalling her while she was out jogging in Santa Monica. What started off as annoying began to escalate when she wouldn’t give the man rudely vying for her attention what he wanted.
A well-dressed man who appeared to be on his lunch break started to yell comments at Price as she ran by.
Price was willing to look past his catcalling, but when she ignored him he called her a dirty word— at that point she was ready to start fighting back.
“That was my trigger point. The B word,” Price said in a 2015 Facebook post. But she was surprised when someone beat her to the punch.
At only 5 years old, a knight in shining armor named James came to Price’s defense. His response had all the innocence you’d expect from a 5-year-old child, but with a sense of respect you’d expect well beyond his years.
James, a 5-year-old boy, succinctly articulated to a grown man why catcalling is wrong.
“Hey. That is not nice to say to her and she didn’t like you yelling at her,” James said. “You shouldn’t do that because she is a nice girl and I don’t let anyone say mean things to people. She’s a girl like my sister and I will protect her.”
The man who was hollering at Price fell silent. She says he appeared embarrassed and left without saying another word. Meanwhile, Price wanted to meet the boy who stood up for her.
Not yet standing 5-feet tall, Price couldn’t believe how much bravery the elementary-aged boy had shown.
She thanked James, then thanked his mother for doing such a good job raising him.
Yesterday I shared one of the most moving moments of my life, having no idea that James was actually a symbol of hope for all of us. I think that there's a part of him that we all have in ourselves – that compassion and courage to stand up for others fearlessly, no matter what that looks like. I think we can look to James as an inspiration the next time we have an opportunity to be the brave one and help someone else. Thank you for your thoughts and support of the little love warrior. I hope in some way he can feel how many people he has inspired. I hope he goes on to lead many movements and to protect all of his "sisters" and of course his "brothers" as well. Thank you for sharing his message and celebrating his spirit with me! #love #inspiration #hope
She learned his name, thanked him again, and asked his mother if it were alright to give him a hug. After she thanked the little hero for being so brave, Price says that “He just shrugged and said ‘Well I just wanted to make sure your heart was okay.'”
James’ mother says this is typical behavior for her confident 5-year-old son. Price thanked him one last time, and they went their separate ways.
“Thank you so much to the mothers and fathers who are raising the next generation to be brave and courageous, and to be little earth angels for all. I am so touched,” Price said.