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College student documents street harassment on Instagram in unique way

By WITW Staff on October 6, 2017

Noa Jansma, a 20-year-old student in Amsterdam was tired of being catcalled every day. So she decided to do something clever about it. On her new Instagram account, “Dear Catcallers,” she is documenting every single case of street harassment she experiences over the period of one month … by taking a selfie with the offenders. in her In her first post, Jansma wrote, “#dearcatcallers, 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.”

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Mmmmmm beautiful sweet girl #dearcatcallers

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In the photos, the men seem blissfully unaware of why they have been asked to pose for a photo with her, often smiling broadly, while Jansma keeps a stern, serious look on her face. She explained that “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.” The project is catching on: After just four weeks and about 30 posts, she has amassed more than 50,000 followers and received an outpouring of support. While the experiment is over for her, she announced she will be passing on the account to other women across the world, to make it clear that catcalling remains an issue for women everywhere.

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