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?
Meet Noa Jansma. After being filmed and harassed on a train by two men, the 20-year-old student from Amsterdam embarked on the month-long project to document each incident of harassment.
But rather than sneakily taking a snapshot with each harasser, Jansma actually asked each of the guys to pose with her, and they all seemed quite willing to do so, apparently unaware of what they did to earn the invitation.
Unsurprisingly, the project has been garnering quite a bit of attention on Instagram. In just four weeks and 30 posts, her Dear Catcallers account has clocked up over 50.2K followers and received hundreds of messages of support about the powerful message it’s sending.
“#dearcatcallers, it’s not a compliment,” she wrote in the first post on the feed. “This Instagram has the aim to create awareness about the objectification of women in daily life. 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.”
She continued, “By making the selfie, both the objectifier 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.”