Self­ies with Street Ha­rassers aka Cat­callers


An In­sta­gram ac­count called @dearcat­callers saw the light a month ago when Noa Jansma, a 20-yearold stu­dent from Am­s­ter­dam, set out on the project to cre­ate aware­ness about just how of­ten women are ha­rassed when go­ing about their daily lives and de­cided to doc­u­ment how of­ten women face sex­ual ha­rass­ment on the streets tak­ing self­less with her cat­callers. The project is also meant to high­light that cat­call­ing can hap­pen any­time, any­where, and to any­one. In some of the cap­tions of the pho­tos, Jansma de­scribes what the men said to her in the street. "Af­ter fol­low­ing me for straight 10 min­utes 'sexy girl where you goin?? Can I come with you ?'" she cap­tioned one photo. At the end of her ex­per­i­ment, she wrote that even though her project is over, cat­call­ing is still per­sis­tent. In fact, she plans to turn the ac­count through the hash­tag #dearcat­callers over to women around the world as this a global phe­nom­e­non and this art project is not only about her. Next time you hear some­one call you sexy in the streets, or make kiss­ing noises, don’t get mad and re­act—just take a selfie!

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