Meet the woman taking selfies with her catcallers to raise awareness

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A dutch student has taken a selfie with every catcaller she passes in a bid to raise awareness on objectifying women.

20-year-old Noa Jansma, a student from Amsterdam, takes selfies with every man who catcalls her for her month-long project where she’s documented every incident.

The Instagram account, Dear Catcallers, has now amassed over 150,000 followers in just a month and with 30 posts.

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.”

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.”

Jansma had wanted to do the project for a while, but it was only after two men harassed her on a train that she decided to take action.

Over the course of the month, only one man asked her why she wanted to take the selfie.

“They’re not at all suspicious because they find what they do completely normal,” Jansma said.

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

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Whilst the Instagram page has been met with an overwhelmingly positive response, some have criticised Jansma:

“I’ve been called an attention whore or a liar,” she said.

She explained that the purpose of the month-long project was to pass the baton onto other women, so people can see what women go through everyday.

“I’m not the subject. The subject is catcalling. I also want to show that this happens around the world. But I want to make sure that responsible women do it, because what I do is a bit risky.”

From January 1, 2018, street harassment will be a punishable offence in Amsterdam, with a fine of £170.

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