I’m not flattered by anything that is said from a car window in passing.
Here’s an example of an interaction that I enjoyed:
i am walking
a man who is sitting goes “hey” in a calm and collected manner
and I go “hey”
(he is about 10 feet from me, acknowledges that I see him)
and goes “you know whats up!”
I don’t consider this situation cat calling. it wasn’t a show of power. it wasn’t trying to provoke me. It wasn’t untasteful or sexual to me. I didn’t feel threatened. He didn’t run away right after.
When you take that personal (and the essential low-energy) element out of it, it’s just a showing off.
that’s just my take on it.