Woman takes selfies with her catcallers
Being harassed on the street is an all too frequent occurrence for most women.
Usually 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 a way to deal with her harassers. She is using this to 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.
These are not 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. Jansma is straight-faced in all the photos. However the men are grinning, 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.
“Since many people still don’t know how often and in whatever context ‘catcalling’ happens, I’ll be showing my catcallers within the period of one month.”
Having finished her month-long project, Jansma wants to pass on the Instagram account to other girls around the world.
From 1 January 2018, street harassment will be punishable by a fine of 190€ (£170) in Amsterdam.
Whilst she believes the law will be hard to impose, Jansma says she thinks it’s “symbolic, and I think that’s good.”