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This woman is taking selfies with every man who catcalls her

Hello Giggles logo Hello Giggles 10/5/2017 Gabriela Herstik

This woman is taking selfies with every man who catcalls her © dearcatcallers / https://www.instagram.com/p/BZeIQuoF6CZ/ This woman is taking selfies with every man who catcalls her There’s not a woman or femme-identifying person who doesn’t know how it feels to be catcalled. Whether we’re walking down the street to get groceries, getting out of our car for our daily coffee, or simply on the way to work, it feels like the harassment never stops. And when we’re in the midst of being catcalled, many of us have to suck it up and stifle our only sane reaction: to defend ourselves and say something. We can’t even stand our ground without fear of a violent reaction. What are we to do? Well, for 20-year-old Noa Jarsma, the answer is taking a selfie with her catcallers.

Welcome to “dearcatcallers,” an Instagram account that Noa started for all the times she gets catcalled.

The account documents the men who harassed Noa alongside what they said and did, and documents all the times Noa got catcalled in a month. Though she documented only 24 instances, there were actually more; some men left before she could take a photo, and at times she didn’t feel safe enough to take one at all.

#dearcatcallers

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The most uncomfortable part of this account, however, has to be how happy these men look in the pictures. These men don’t realize that what they’re doing is wrong, and they don’t see the selfies as documenting harassment.

They don’t feel shame because they don’t recognize that they should feel shame, and that’s the issue.

#dearcatcallers ... after following me for straight 10 minutes "sexy girl Where you goin'?? Can I come with you ?" ...

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Although she originally started the project for a month, Noa has since decided to extend it so women around the world can contribute.

#dearcatcallers

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We hope this project continues to shed light on the harassment so many of us face in our day-to-day lives — one selfie at a time.

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