Woman turns camera on catcallers in online experiment

Last updated 10:42 07/10/2017
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Noa Jansma took photos with men who yelled at her on the street as part of a project call Dear Catcallers.

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One woman has had enough of putting up with men yelling at her on the street, so now she is turning the tables on them.

For a month, Noa Jansma uploaded a picture of every man who catcalled her to social media in what has become a powerful statement about objectification and harassment.

The 20-year-old student from Amsterdam has posted nearly 30 selfies with men over the month-long social experiment, each time asking them to pose with her.

 

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And each time, she posts the comment that was yelled at her. These include a man who followed her for two streets before asking, "Wanna come in my car?", another posing the question, "You wanna kiss?" and one more requesting her number on behalf of his friend.

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In each photo, Jansma poses straight-faced, while the men are often gesturing and smiling.

The account, Dear Catcallers, has amassed more than 45,000 followers.

 

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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 writes.

"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."

In a selfie, "both the objectification and the object are assembled in one composition. Myself, as the object, standing in front of the catcallers represents the reversed power ratio which is caused by this project."

 

Classic 2.0 "psssst, whoooooop, Can he have your number?" #dearcatcallers

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The idea came to her after she was harassed on a train by two men.

While her personal project is over, Jansma is passing the Instagram account over to other women around the world to document their experiences.

From 1 January 2018, street harassment will be punishable by a fine of 190€ (NZD$314) in Amsterdam.

- Stuff

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