20-year-old Noa Jansma has taken the matter of being catcalled into her own hands, literally. By flipping the switch on the observer and observed in catcalling situations, the student from Amsterdam spent an entire month taking selfies of the men who would call out to her on the streets.
Before taking the selfies, Noa would receive their permission, and they seemed all too inclined to be photographed behind her as she looked into the lens with a stern face.
The pictures can be seen on her Instagram account, @dearcatcallers. Noa says that the account is a project to showcase the discomfort of being catcalled because it is not a compliment.
She’s changing the power dynamics in the situation. She explains, “Both the objectification and the object are assembled in one composition. Myself, as the object, standing in front of the catcallers represents the reversed power ratio which is caused by this project.”
At the end of her month-long call for awareness, she has decided to pass the Instagram account on to other girls from different parts of the world.