If there is one thing that makes my blood boil, it’s men being rude to women because they can.
Don’t get me wrong, I know women can be guilty of it too, but we deal with the full force of it more.
Even doing something as simple as walking to the shops can be tricky!
Hell, when I was younger I would be catcalled at least twist while I did that!
While some men may think it’s a ‘charming’ way to compliment a woman, it’s not.
If anything, it’s the best and quickest way to creep us out!
Let’s be honest, we already know we look good. We don’t need to hear a creepy comment from you to prove it!
Being catcalled is honestly enough to make any woman’s skin crawl.
It’s not a compliment, it’s a form of sexual harassment.
Sadly there are still so many young women who go outside dreading being catcalled.
This is not acceptable.
If men had something similar happen to them, things would have changed ages ago!
I understand it some men may think of it as a way of complimenting us lovely ladies, but it just comes out as creepy.
Do you really want us to think of you as creepy? No, I didn’t think so!
Unfortunately for most women, there’s no real way of combating these catcallers.
If we tell them to go away, we’re met with anger and name-calling.
We can’t win!
But a 20-year-old Amsterdam-based student named Noa Jansma decided to do something about i.
Just like the rest of us, she was fed up with catcalling, and decided to do something about it.
So, throughout the entire month of September, she decided to take a selfie with every creep who harassed her and uploaded them on Instagram.
Like they say, photos have the ability to capture a thousand words.
These selfies perfectly captured the situation, showing the catcallers’ callous, unashamed grins with her own exhausted, painful expression right next to them.
Jansma managed to show the world just how real, and disturbing these experiences were for women everywhere.
But by doing this month-long project, she managed to gain power over them by documenting their actions and putting them on display for the whole world to see.
Though her own experiment has now ended, she has opened the @dearcatcallers Instagram page for submissions in hopes of creating a global forum for the collective struggle women face every day.
Thankfully, from January 1st, 2018, catcalling will be punishable by law in the Netherlands, and any violators will be subject to fines of up to 190 euros ($220).
If her project continues to go viral, hopefully, more nations will follow Netherlands’ footsteps.
Take a look at some of Noa’s incredible selfies with her catcallers.
1. Catcaller Number One
He doesn’t look ashamed! Hell, he even looks like he’s still checking her out. Creep…
2. Catcaller Number Two
He looks so proud of himself… What would his mother say?
3. Catcaller Number Three
What a creep!
4. Catcaller Number Four
She’s 20 years old and she already looks world-weary!
5. Catcaller Number Five
These two have named and shamed as creeps for the whole world to see.
6. Catcaller Number Six
Guys like these give builders a bad name!
7. Catcaller Number Seven
What a creep! I’m sure your mom didn’t raise you to be like this.
8. Catcaller Number Eight
‘You wanna kiss?’ Hell no!
9. Catcaller Number Nine
This creep even has the nerve to put his hand on her!
10. Catcaller Number Ten
Seriously, guys, this will never get you the love of a woman. It’ll just get her very mad at you.
What do you think about Noa’s project?
Let me know in the COMMENTS what you think and any horrible catcalling experience you may have had!
I’d love to hear from you!
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