‘My name’s not baby’: Woman takes selfies with catcallers to show harassment is global
“Most of the time men have their thumbs up, they’re happy because they honestly think they’re complimenting me.”more lifestyle Updated: Oct 06, 2017 18:23 IST
How many times have you been whistled at while walking down a street? How many times have you been subjected to catcalling?
A 20-year-old design student from Netherlands decided to chronicle her harassers on Instagram with an aim to tell cat-callers that passing lecherous remarks is not flattering.
Noa Jansma made the Instagram account, @dearcatcallers, in August this year, to create awareness about the objectification of woman on a day-to-day basis.
By taking a selfie, Jansma says, the objectifier and the object are assembled in one composition. By standing in front of the harasser, as the object, Jansma tries to represent the reversed power ratio thus created.
“We were talking about this topic in class,” Jansma told BuzzFeed News. “I realised half of the class, the women, knew what I was talking about and lived it on a daily basis. And the other half, the men, didn’t even think that this is still happening. They were really surprised and curious. Some of them even did not believe me.”
In addition to posting pictures from her life, Jansma has also asked others to share their pictures with the hashtag #dearcatcallers or send them to her in a message.
“I thought men would be suspicious of me, that they would understand my motives when I was taking selfies with them. So I was kind of fearful,” the BuzzFeed report quoted Jansma as saying. “But most of the time they have their thumbs up, they’re happy because they honestly think that they’re complimenting me. They really didn’t care about me. They never realized that I was unhappy.”
Many of the men in her images have smiles plastered on their faces. Some even pose with her, throwing a casual arm around her neck as she takes the selfie.
Jansma captions each image with the line she has been catcalled by. “I know what I would do with you, baby,” reads one caption.
To emphasise that catcalling is a global phenomenon and that the project concerns every woman, Jansma has decided to pass on the account to different women around the world.