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Twenty-year old Noa Jansma posts pics with men who whistle and yell at her.
Noa Jansma is your typical twenty-year old student studying design in Eindhoven, Netherlands. And like many women, Noa Jansma is no stranger to unwanted catcalls from men on the streets as she passes them. In a series of portraits with her catcallers posted to her Instagram account (@dearcatcallers), Noa Jansma posts pictures from over the course of a month in which she catalogued the men who chose to catcall her.
Image via Dearcatcallers Instagram.
The men run the gamut of ages, from young men that look like they work in construction, to older men up unto retirement age, demonstrating that men who engage in the act can from any background and of any age.
What is shared among these men, however, is a lack of common decency. A BuzzFeed comment hilariously says: “”Mom, how did you and dad meet? I was walking home and your dad yelled from his car that my tits looked good and then honked. It was love at first sight. SAID NO ONE EVER!”
Noa Jansma’s project was spurred on by a class discussion with fellow female students in which she realized, while some women had experienced what she had, not everyone was willing to talk about it, and some of the men even struggled to believe it was a problem to begin: “I realized that 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.”