They whistle, make amusing gestures or even become palpable: men who look at women on the road as a free run. The victims often do not know how to react to it. A girl from Amsterdam has found a creative way.
Sometimes it is only an attractive look, which, however, chases a chill of disgust over the back. Sometimes it is a clear gesture that makes the morning coffee almost back up. And sometimes it is even a hand that one feels still hours later still felt on its own body. Sexual harassment can take many forms. And there is hardly a woman who has been spared this experience.
Often the victims have been pushed so hard that they do not know how to behave. Confront? To ignore? To forget? The most responsive answers are, of course, only apparent to a person who has long since been left behind.
The Dutchman Noa Jansma has found her own way of dealing with the harassment: she makes self-esteem with her tormentors. For a month she documented the harassing comments and encounters she had to make in the streets of Amsterdam, photographed herself with the men who harassed her and published the pictures on Instagram. “Dear catcallers”, is her account, meaning “love behind her whistle “.
Only one man asked why she wanted a self
The 20-year-old was clear at the beginning of her project that the whole of the behind-the-whistle is not a compliment for women. “This Instagram account aims to create an awareness of how women are made into objects in everyday life,” she wrote in an introductory post.
The idea for the project came after two men had harassed her during a train ride, Jansma told the Dutch newspaper “Het Parool” . 30 pictures of 30 incidents she published within one month. In doing so, she always asked the men to allow them self-help with them. Just once, she was asked why. What actually says it all. “The men were not stupid at all because they think their behavior is normal,” Jansma explained.
In fact, there were, even more, incidents when she could make her public, the Dutchwoman reported. For in many a situation she felt too unsure to ask for a self.
The creepy reality
The encounters, which the 20-year-old could document, however, are also creepy enough.