20 years old student takes selfies with harassers

October 05, 2017

Like millions of women all over the world, Noa Jansma, a 20 years old student based in Amsterdam, faces street harassment every single day. After being filmed on a train when she was harassed by two men, the young girl decided to take action in her own way.

@DearCatCallers is an instagram account dedidacted to expose her harrassers.

"Dear catcallers, it's not a compliment. 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.", explains Noa.

"Women often don't know how to respond to a sexist comment. Carrying on seems like the only solution but that has no consequence for the harassers. Sometimes I give them the middle finger, but I feel stupid afterwards. I wanted to do something that gave me power over them."
A shocking number of photos shows Noa with a neutral expression as one or several men of varying ages grin behind her, with some even taking the opportunity to put an arm around her.

Noa also invites other women to send in their own selfies and concludes that her experiment. So girls, next time a man harasses you in the street, you know what to do!