Instagram has become a new platform for people to portray their opinions, feelings and day to day activities. This also includes making the audience aware of the daily hassles one goes through. Social media is not new to these type of expressive feelings. Though laws are stringent towards eve teasing, men still do not refrain themselves from harassing a woman.
The story of Noa Jansma, therefore, should not be something entirely new to the readers. A 20-year-old student from Amsterdam decided to retaliate against the catcallers by starting a project called #DearCatcallers, where she took selfies with people who catcalled her for an entire month. She took to Instagram and posted these photos by giving a quirky caption below each of them.
Today Noa has 24 pictures in total. All the photos show men, sheepishly posing next to her while she stands stoically next to them. Noa writes in her bio "Myself, as the object, standing in front of the catcallers represents the reversed power ratio which is caused by this project."
She explains that by clicking a picture together both are in the same composition. Her first post comes with a strong caption, "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 a month."
This initiative, unfortunately, cannot stop Amsterdam. They will be back on track sooner or later.
Noa 's Instagram bio "Dear Catcallers, it's not a compliment" should be a matter of shame for these men.