Article by Rachel Hosie
“Being catcalled is not a compliment.”
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Being harassed on the street is an all too frequent occurrence for most women.
And often when it happens, it’s hard to know how best to react. Should you engage with your catcaller or ignore them?
Well one young woman has found an ingenious way to deal with her harassers and send a powerful message at the same time.
20-year-old Noa Jansma, a student from Amsterdam, takes selfies with every man who catcalls her.
And these aren’t sly selfies without the men realising either – she asks them and they’re happy to oblige, seemingly not understanding the situation at all.
Jansma set up an Instagram account, Dear Catcallers, for her month-long project where she’s documented each incident.
In just a month and 30 posts, the account has amassed over 45,000 followers.
There’s a theme to the pictures too – we see Jansma, straight-faced, and grinning men, oblivious to the fact that they’ve made her feel uncomfortable. The first man she asked replied “with enthusiasm,” Jansma told Het Parool.
Explaining her project, Jansma writes that being catcalled is “not a compliment.
“This Instagram has the aim to create awareness about the objectification of women in daily life,” she wrote at the end of August.