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->''"Why do builders think that works? As if the woman's going to turn around and be like, "Oh! My future lies with him!! And his huge, round tanned belly!"?"''

A scene used countless times in media: Some construction workers are on their lunch break, when all of a sudden a sexy lady struts by the site. Cue the [[WolfWhistle Wolf Whistling]] and sexual comments. If this behavior towards passersby is probably not as common in RealLife as in fiction, it is nonetheless unfortunately true that sexism and sexual harassment are persistent problems for [[http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2014/06/11/3447646/women-construction/ women actually trying to become construction workers]].

It's commonly subverted nowadays by having the workers comment on something else entirely.

!!Hey Troper, how 'bout some examples with that description!


* Subverted in an Arby's commercial, where they say nothing after a couple of ladies walk by, while a man holding a bag of Arby's food gets several catcalls such as "Can I get some fries with that shake?".
* Inverted in a famous commercial for Diet Coke, with a bunch of ladies ogling a construction worker on his lunch break.
* A Snickers commercial featured construction workers instead saying respectful things to women. The words "You're not you when you're hungry" appear.


[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Featured prominently in ''Microwave Massacre'', due to the main character being a construction worker.
* The 1980 film ''Hardhat and Legs'' has the protagonists first noticing each other this way.
* Used in the Mexican film ''Film/ElCrimenDelPadreAmaro'' when the girl Amelia takes Amaro to see the construction site of the new church's hospital, Amaro even lampshades the attention Amelia gets from the workers.
* In ''Film/{{Poltergeist}}'', the construction workers for the new pool, catcall the oldest daughter Dana, she just flips at them.


* In ''Literature/BridgetJones: The Edge of Reason'', when Bridget goes to meet her friends, she walks past a construction site. She prepares herself for "lewd catcalls and embarrassing remarks" then feels a "complete arse" for not getting any. On her way back, she walks past them again, and hears a "huge cacophony of appreciative noises". When she turns around to give them a filthy look, she finds out that they're all looking the other way, and one of them had just thrown a brick through the window of a car.
* GenderFlipped in Robert Merle's novel ''The Virility Factor'', where, after {{Gendercide}} killed most of the men in the world, the male protagonist has to deal with catcalling female construction workers, who eventually assault him sexually.


[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Used in an episode of ''Series/TheThinBlueLine'', where the woman is Sergeant Patricia Dawkins and winds up getting so irritated she arrests the lot of them for harrassment.
* On season 7 of ''Series/DiffrentStrokes'', Mr. Drummond's new wife makes fun of him going out to a construction site (he's dressed as a construction worker), saying he'll be catcalling "Hey, chickie baby!". It made the opening credits montage.
* On one episode of ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'', one student in Malcolm's school gets in trouble for writing a short story about a woman who dies in a hit and run accident after failing to heed one construction worker's warning of the oncoming vehicle, since she learned to ignore their catcalls. It's all because of one catcall that Malcolm failed to remove or censor, and as punishment, the principal cancels all extracurricular activities.
* Jerry discusses this in his stand-up act in the ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' pilot, when he talks about how men have no idea what women want. "Men know what men want, what do we want? We want women, that's it! It's the only thing we know for sure, it really is: we want women. How do we get them? Oh, we don't know 'bout that, we don't know. The next step after that we have no idea. This is why you see men honking car-horns, yelling from construction sites. These are the best ideas we've had so far."
* In the ''Series/SexAndTheCity'' episode "The Drought", Miranda is frustrated because she [[EverybodyHasLotsOfSex hasn't had sex for months.]] Eventually, she confronts a catcalling construction worker:
-->'''Worker:''' Where are you goin', doll? I got what you want. I got what you need.\\
'''Miranda:''' You talking to me?\\
'''Worker:''' We got a live one, boys.\\
'''Miranda:''' You got what I want? You got what I need? Well, what I want is to get laid. What I need is to get laid. I need is to get laid!\\
'''Worker:''' Take it easy, lady. I'm married.\\
'''Miranda:''' All talk and no action, huh?
* In ''Series/GreenWing'', Joanne walks back and forth past a group of workers, trying to grab their attention, each time acting more and more "sexy". She decides to flash them in the end.
* On ''Series/GetALife'', Chris starts hanging out with construction workers and learning their ways - as they catcall ladies walking by, he chimes in to one "Yeah! ''Eat'' that cheese, lady!" She walks up to him and [[GroinAttack knees him in the groin]], to the great amusement of the others.
* Used in an ''A Current Affair'' segment on a weight loss treatment: reporter Brady Halls stated that not so long ago, this would never have happened to the women in question. ''Series/TheChasersWarOnEverything'' called them out for basically sending the message, "Get dieting now, ladies, here's your chance to be wolf-whistled by seedy men!"
* On ''Series/{{Charmed}}'', Paige is dressed up and given a tray of baked goods in order to distract a group of construction workers. Piper makes a point of undoing an extra button on her blouse before sending her out.
* Doug tries to coerce some workers into doing this to Carrie on ''Series/TheKingOfQueens''.
* Lily Tomlin leads a seminar on how to GenderFlip the activity in a season 1 sketch of ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'', with Creator/DanAykroyd as the target.
** [[http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/construction-workers/n27705 Another sketch]] had a bunch of construction workers doing this, but Creator/DanielCraig's comments were all incredibly bizarre. His apparent FreudianExcuse is that his father, also a construction worker, was killed by a woman he catcalled at.
* One episode of ''Series/ThirtyRock'' has Liz get accousted by a roadside worker, whose vulgar remarks are covered up by the sound of a jackhammer. Liz's response is also covered, except for when she says "[[BleepDammit Infected penis!]]"
* An ''Series/AllInTheFamily'' episode has Gloria experiencing this, but things take a darker turn when the catcalling escalates to an AttemptedRape (all of which happens offscreen prior to the start of the episode).
* Spoofed a couple of times in ''Series/TheDailyShowWithTrevorNoah'' in regards to a video a woman made of herself getting catcalled all day. He had no idea so many men did that; he thought it was just "construction workers and [[WesternAnimation/RedHotRidingHood cartoon wolves."]] He refers to it again when he compares it to [[ButtMonkey Ted Cruz]] getting harassed in New York. "Even the construction workers are like "Hey, Ted Cruz! Show me that pretty smile, baby! (cue Cruz's infamous [[TheUnsmile creepy smile]]) AAAAAAGH! NEVER MIND, NEVER MIND!"
* ''Series/Younger'' Liza is riding a bike when a construction worker calls out "Wish I was that seat!" This distracts Liza so much that she crashes into a car.

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* In ''Film/TheMuppetsTakeManhattan'', some construction workers try to flirt with Miss Piggy while she's spying on Kermit. The flirting stops after Piggy has a tantrum [[BrawnHilda that involves bending steel bars]].
* On an episode of ''Series/{{Dinosaurs}}'', Earl's friend Roy Hess begins leering at a dino lady with a fully developed tail while on his lunch break.

[[folder:Stand-Up Comedy]]
* In a 2005 stand-up, comedian Creator/LeeEvans pointed out how ridiculous he found this trope (see page quote), and then added that that's how he thinks Creator/TomCruise manages to get women: by cat-calling them on top of a balcony in a sequence similar to Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The "Deconstruction" mission of ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'' has C.J.'s sister Kendl complaining about the people of a local construction site hassling her and calling her a hooker. C.J. takes this badly. [[DisproportionateRetribution Very badly]].
* Parodied in ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}''; one PaperThinDisguise used by the G-Men of the MilkmanConspiracy level is that of a construction worker and he says, "Look at that woman's breasts. They're large."
* Done by the construction worker ghosts in ''VideoGame/GhostbustersTheVideoGame''. Oddly, even when no women are present and it's just the [[HoYay male]] Ghostbusters.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/BadDays'': Wonder Woman gets catcalls from construction workers the moment she transforms. She responds to the annoyance by taking them all out with her tiara.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* This happens in [[http://danmazur.livejournal.com/10189.html this]] ''Webcomic/{{Palindramas}}'' strip. Except that, in order to make it a palindrome, the construction workers have to be numbers.
* ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'': [[MsFanservice Monique]] decides that she [[AttentionWhore craves attention]], and so wanders by a construction site (marked "[[LampshadeHanging High Testosterone Area]]"). This being Sinfest, it's ''she'' who [[{{Troll}} makes the demeaning comments]], then gleefully runs from the resulting barrage of construction equipment.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* The focus of a Creator/BaratsAndBereta [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DViogbPTH4 sketch.]]
* The [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/ash-pedreiro-dat-ash Ash Pedreiro]] [[MemeticMutation meme]] is named after the Portuguese word for "bricklayer", and he makes {{Anime/Pokemon}}-related {{Double Entendre}}s, such as, "[[https://web.archive.org/web/20120316200836/http://legacy-cdn.smosh.com/smosh-pit/062011/dat-ash-pikachu.png Ay gurl, take them clothes off so I can get a Pikachu]]".

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** On episode "Today I Am a Clown", Homer gains a new talk show. We see some workers watching the show while on break, and as a lady walks by the site, one worker proceeds to hit on her. However, he's just recommending Homer's show.
** Discussed in the episode "Brother From Another Series". Sideshow Bob is given a construction job on a dam by his brother, and sarcastically asks if it will be his job to lead the "hooting". "Oh, yah! Shake it, madame! Capital knockers!"
* On ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', Peter once mentioned working as a construction worker in a CutawayGag, but could never get the catcalls right, telling one woman "You suck!".
* On ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'', the Constructicons like to do the nearest TransformingMecha equivalent by catcalling at hot sportscars
* On ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' episode "Square-Footed Monster" which is about Ted Wassonasong building a mansion within the main characters' block, Bobby and Joseph hang out with the construction workers, and they all make catcalls to a woman passing by.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', "Sonic Rainboom" has a scene where some pegasus construction workers gawp at Rarity's magically-granted [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything butterfly wings]].
* Parodied in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/CowAndChicken'', where Chicken sees some ''[[GenderFlip female]]'' [[GenderFlip construction workers whistling at a muscular guy]].
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead'' opens with this. Beavis and Butt-Head admire their ability to talk to women.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'', there is an episode where three LEGO construction workers appear to be hitting on any woman that passes by and mocking everyone else. In truth, they are so socially inept that their sincere compliments come off as lecherous or mean—for instance calling one woman "sweetie" and another "cupcake" [[AnthropomorphicFood because they were literally a lollipop and a cupcake respectively]]. When Gumball tries to give them tips on how to be friendlier in their approach, it turns into the kind of lewd street harassment associated with construction workers and gets worse from there.