Does it make you feel like a “real” man when you see a woman walking down the street and you decide to make her day by catcalling her?
It’ll never be a compliment so quit pushing it. It’s revolting. It’s annoying. It’s street harassment.
20-year-old Amsterdam-based student Noa Jansma decided to do something different: she decided to take a selfie with every creep who harassed her, uploading the photo on Instagram, with the nasty things her abusers say in the caption.
What does each post look like? Every selfie taken by Noa shows her irritation as her abusers show unapologetic grins. THEY’RE NOT SORRY. THEY’RE PROUD.
She documented her experience through the @dearcatcallers Instagram page. The experiment has ended but it doesn’t mean these catcallers are in the past as well.
She explains she’ll be passing the account to different girls around the world to create a global dialogue of what women face in their day-to-day lives.
Starting January 1, 2018, catcalling will be punishable by law in the native Netherlands of Jansma and all violators will be subject to fines around 190 euros ($220).
Let more nations follow this example.