Dear catcallers,
It’s not a compliment.

Sincerely,
The women of the world

 

Men are known to not hold back when it comes to making compliments towards anything, especially women. But there are those special kinds of compliments that should be left inside the head and not be uttered in public – such is the case for the notorious catcallers. No matter where you are, catcallers are there to whistle, cheer, wink, and shout a “compliment” at you. Notice the quotation marks? Well, these compliments, sadly, are sexual ones, and most of the times, sexist.

There is almost an infinite number of catcallers right now howling in the streets, it won’t be far off when someone decides to push back. Though resisting this gross neglect to respecting women is not new news, the method of retaliation is. Some took it to themselves to physically and verbally fight back. But, photographically?

Meet Noa Jansma from the Netherlands, the woman who started taking selfies with her catcallers; weird right? But her approach is actually genius.

#dearcatcallers

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Instead of retaliating herself, she decided to dedicate an Instagram account to her male “fans”. The account was initiated by Jansma as a form of social experiment to show if these guys really have a nerve that can be struck to make them change their feline-like ways or if they are proud of what they’ve done. Astonishingly, and sadly at the same time, a lot of the men who posed for the selfie seem happy it was happening. This was here way of compiling all the men who have catcalled her in the month of September.

Noa also included in each of the posts either/both what they did and say. Here are some of the most disturbing and disrespectful ones we found.

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

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It looks like the guy didn’t understand what “No” meant.

Oh! Since when was it socially illegal to not smile?

slowly following me 2 streets shouting "sexy!" and "wanna come in my car?" #dearcatcallers

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Uhmmm. No. Just no.

#dearcatcallers "weheeee horny girl"

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This is just so wrong in so many ways.

#dearcatcallers "I know what I would do with you, baby"

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Again, so wrong in so many, many, many ways.

Feminists, both male and female, converged on Instagram and stood behind what she (Noa) did. But there are still some detractors. Luckily, some of them chickened-out and deleted their comments on the photos when the netizens decided that it’s long overdue to stop the normalization of this gross act.

So far, the account already has 319,000 followers all over the world and growing. But since September ended, Noa already decided to end her turn and pass the account to another woman somewhere in the world to do the same. So far, no new posts have been added to the feed (the last selfie was posted on September 28, 2017).

Compliments given to anyone should be laced with respect, especially if it’s intended for a woman. For the guys out there who are in fact guilty of such a bad deed. Ask yourselves this: Would you be okay if you hear your younger under-aged sister, mom, aunt, wife, a friend or even a girlfriend being catcalled? If the answer is no, then change your ways. You might be catcalling someone’s sister, niece, wife, and what have you. If your answer is yes, then I hope you won’t get a slap on the face as a reply to, “Hey baby! Where are you going? Can I come with you?” the third time you asked after hearing the lady say, “No.”