#28 “Wolf Whistle”

From Paul in Scotland In preparing for this post, I tried to engage in a little research about Wolf Whistling, but I have found it surprisingly difficult to come across any hard and fast information about this specific type of call. Interestingly enough, whistling to show affection or romantic interest has been found in literature and stories dating back to ancient Greece and Rome, but the most I can discover Wolf Whistling is that it supposedly has its origins in the navy’s General Call which is often made with a boatswain’s pipe. The whistle/call was initially intended to draw all hands on deck or to command attention, and it is speculated that over time the sailors began using the call to attract the attention of women whom they found alluring. It is not known whether the whistle was originally thought to be as repulsive and disrespectful to women as it is often considered to be today.

All of this ultimately made me wonder how similar the sound of the boatswain’s pipe is to that of the modern wolf whistle. Upon listening to several versions that I found on various websites, it appears clear that both calls are two-toned, with one rising and one falling note, but the order in which the rising and fall notes occurr seem to vary. That, in the end, is the most I could discover.

Now, moving on, the general concept of how wolves became associated with male lust is actually very long and complicated, so I won’t breach that subject here; but I would certainly be remiss if I did not commend Paul for his creativity and ingenuity in creating this Whistle Wolf illustration. If nothing else, this has inspired me to research a subject that I had never breached before.

So thank you, Paul. I don’t know if you can hear me across the pond, but I’m Wolf Whistling your way.


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