Getting catcalled on the street is always disturbing for women. For Noa Jansma, an Amsterdam-based 20-year-old student, is no different than the rest. She was fed up with being catcalled and decided to deal with it. During the month of September, she captured selfies with all the creeps who harassed her then uploaded those pictures on Instagram. Each picture is captioned with the phrases shouted at her from her abusers.
What does she want to tell the world with her photos? Combining her painful and perturbed expression with the unashamed grins of her abusers reveals how humiliating, annoying and disturbing these experiences are for women everywhere. By capturing her abusers’ actions and then showing them to the world, Jansma has put herself in the position of power, refusing to be subjected to objectification. Despite the fact that her own experiment has concluded, she has opened her Instagram page @dearcatcallers for submissions from around the world in an effort to initiate a dialogue on this collective, daily struggle that women face.
In Jansma’s native country, the Netherlands, catcalling will be a punishable offense as of January 1, 2018. Violators will be fined up to 190 euros ($220). If her project continues to gain visibility hopefully more nations will adopt these laws.
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#dearcatcallers … after following me for straight 10 minutes “sexy girl Where you goin’?? Can I come with you?”
#dearcatcallers My name is not baby
*honks at me 3 times with his scooter, approaches from behind and cuts off my way* “God bless, When I see you, all I get is wild thoughts, wild, Wild Thoughts!! Darling” *honks again 3 times* #dearcatcallers
“Wohoo look! *laughing and loud whistling* “#dearcatcallers
slowly following me 2 streets shouting “sexy!” and “wanna come in my car?” #dearcatcallers
“Ey sexy Chiquita! A donde vas sola?/Ey sexygirl, Where are you going alone?” #dearcatcallers
#dearcatcallers “hmmmm you wanna kiss?”
Mmmmmm beautiful sweet girl #dearcatcallers
“Hey beautiful, Why are you sad?” ~”I’m not sad” ~”Why don’t you smile at me then? You’re too sweet to be sad” #dearcatcallers
#dearcatcallers “weheeee horny girl”
#dearcatcallers “I know what I would do with you, baby”
#dearcatcallers “baby! Baby! *whisting*
Classic 2.0 “psssst, whoooooop, Can he have your number?” #dearcatcallers
#dearcatcallers”Babyyyyyyyy! THANKYOU” *blowkiss* (slide ➡️)
Nog een keer #dearcatcallers *psssssst, kissing sounds and whistling”
#dearcatcallers The classic
#dearcatcallers *giggling + two thumbs up* softy whispers “yess bonita”
#dearcatcallers”meisjeeeeee!” *gefluit* / Girlllllllll! *whistling*
#dearcatcallers “Hey meisje, waar ga je naartoe?” ~”naar huis” ~ “Mogen we mee? Waar woon je? Denk dat wij wel leuke dingen samen kunnen doen”