There's nothing that makes a woman's skin crawl quite like getting catcalled on the street. 20-year-old Amsterdam-based student Noa Jansma, much like the rest of us, was pretty fed up with it, and decided to do something about it. Throughout the month of September, she took a selfie with every single creep who harassed her and uploaded them on Instagram, captioning each one with the words of her abusers.

What do the photos say? By juxtaposing the catcallers' callous, unashamed grins with her own exhausted, painfully familiar expression, Jansma shows the world just how frequent, real, and disturbing these experiences are for women everywhere. She also gains power over them, though, by documenting their actions and putting them on display for the whole world to see. Though her own experiment has ended, she has opened the @dearcatcallers Instagram page for submissions in hopes of creating a global dialogue on the collective struggle women face.

From January 1st, 2018, catcalling will be punishable by law in Jansma's native Netherlands, and violators will be subject to fines of up to 190 euros ($220). If her daring project continues to go viral, perhaps more nations will follow suit.

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Amanda Panda
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3 years ago

This made me throw up a little bit in my mouth. I definitely would NOT have let him put his disgusting paws on me.

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Amanda Panda
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3 years ago

I'd of let him follow me straight to the police station... or church.

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Amanda Panda
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3 years ago

Attracted to how long she looks no doubt. Too bad there wasn't a photo of the license plate.

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Judh Palcon Domo
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3 years ago

See where the man is looking at. -_-

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Lina Sigmond
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3 years ago

This one is kinda creepy

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Amanda Panda
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3 years ago

Something tells me he's probably a virgin. He wouldn't now what to do with any girl. Perv.

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Aurelia Grey
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3 years ago

Oh, be still my heart, looks like the last time he took a shower was 2001.

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Caitlyn McCracken
Community Member
3 years ago

She has RBF, she's not sad. Classic mistake.

Frankie
Community Member
3 years ago

Or she just doesn't feel like smiling at every man

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Rebekah
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3 years ago

God, I hate the "smile" comments. F you.

Swarf
Community Member
3 years ago

Oh, okay, I get it. She can't smile because that's misconstrued as encouragement. And now she can't "look sad", which probably means "look forward". If she actively scowls, the catcalls will probably turn to taunts about what a c*nt she is. Clearly she needs to wear a burka.

Mer
Community Member
3 years ago

I will never understand why anyone - sadly, usually male - feels they have the right to tell/ask/demand a smile. My expression isn't theirs to control.

Cameron Stone
Community Member
3 years ago

Asking you to smile isn't being controlling. And a man DOES have a right to ask you anything he feels like. Demanding, no.

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Jacqueline R.
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3 years ago

"I'm not sad, it's that you make me want to vomit."

Cathy May
Community Member
3 years ago

Clueless men. She's not sad, she's just annoyed that you are following her and bugging her, of course she's not going to be smiling at you. Idiot.

Cameron Stone
Community Member
3 years ago

She didn't say he was following her. You just added something extra so you'd have something to argue about.

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Laura Gillette
Community Member
3 years ago

Not that I would have thought at at the time, but I would have wanted to say something like "I'm sad because creeps like you keep catcalling me."

Kerry Smith
Community Member
3 years ago

This is the only man I find attractive out of the whole bunch, but then I'm gay....

Robert Dean
Community Member
3 years ago

So is he.

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KT Trondsen
Community Member
3 years ago

yes because all of us women are just supposed to go around smiling at all the creeps in the world just to please them, disgusting

Dan O'Brien
Community Member
3 years ago

Some people just have no shame its unbelievable.. it must be very difficult for a very beautiful lady though seriously why are people so brazen and rude?

Lola Run
Community Member
3 years ago

I dont understand why she takes pictures with them. The guys here seems very happy, and they should be scared of having a harassment complaint

Lois McWherter
Community Member
3 years ago

Wonder when the last time was he took a shower. Ewe.

Stella Rose
Community Member
3 years ago

i wouldn't be smiling if some creepy guy with bad facial hair catcalled me

KismetTheFox
Community Member
2 years ago

If she knew him then this would actually be cute.

carriemcfluffins
Community Member
3 years ago

that's sweet

Birma Gustafsson
Community Member
3 years ago

No, she doesn't have Resting Bitch Face. She is a young, nice woman, being HARASSED as she is walking from point A to point B! She's TIRED, is what she is, and DISGUSTED, and FRUSTRATED, and if she wasn't such a nice woman she would like to KICK SOME BALLS.

Jace
Community Member
3 years ago

"Hey stubby. Why don't you buy a shaver?" "I have one." "Then why is your face all stubby?" "Because I didn't feel like shaving". "Exactly."

Mason Pike
Community Member
3 years ago

"I'm sad b/c you smell and it's making my eyes water. Go away!"

Holden VanderVeer
Community Member
3 years ago

maybe she not smiling cause your being a douche

Cameron Stone
Community Member
3 years ago

Like you are right now?

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Tanya Kysel'ova
Community Member
3 years ago

the most annoying type. you tell "no", and they consider it positive, because you entered into conversation

Maciej Antoni
Community Member
3 years ago

an insult!

Luca
Community Member
3 years ago

Little off-topic, but that's a great piece of street art in the background

Iva Sušická
Community Member
3 years ago

Do you know, why she think, that he is creep? Because he is not pretty... How you can say, that he meant it as creepy thing? Once it happend to me too and I smiled and the guy smiled back and everything was fine...

TigerDRena
Community Member
2 years ago

I also don't think he initially went to harrass her, but just wanted to make her smile and she just assumes that every male person trying to be nice to a stranger are catcalling, only because some actually do it.

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Heather Lawless
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3 years ago

He doesnt deserve her smile. Smiles are earned! Gross

Cameron Stone
Community Member
3 years ago

It is "gross" to ask a woman to smile? Do you have any idea what the word means, or have you now demoted it to mean everything you don't happen to like?

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Michael John
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3 years ago

I can imagine why you are sad.

Derpicorn
Community Member
3 years ago

And your too dumb to get a date

SephiRez
Community Member
3 years ago

cuz u dont deserve my smile duhhh~

Pennyworth
Community Member
3 years ago

Castrate.

Cameron Stone
Community Member
3 years ago

castrate a man for asking you to smile? Seek help, now please!

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Jason O'R
Community Member
3 years ago

Next level desperate but at least he was nice

Tony Norwood
Community Member
3 years ago

This isn't catcalling, this is him trying to show he's interested (to not get seen as just a friend), and he asked why don't you smile, not even an order of put a smile on then. I voted for Hilary, but I see why many guys don't want a female president with posts like this. Men aren't really allowed to be themselves, especially in a workplace.

Aleksandr Mikhlyayev
Community Member
3 years ago

So, frankly speaking, if this guy was handsome and stayed near some expensive car, you wouldn't mind. am i right?

Wendy
Community Member
3 years ago

No, you aren’t.

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Amanda Panda
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3 years ago

Sounds like he wanted to eat her, judging by the size of that belly, he probably did! Creep!

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Amanda Panda
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3 years ago

Proud of their douchery

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Rebekah
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3 years ago

A bunch of men, at a table together. This just amplifies the scariness to me. Bastards.

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Stella Rose
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3 years ago

what the actual hell

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Agnes Jekyll
Community Member
3 years ago

That whistling is for each other. They know it won't get her attention, but it proves their manhood and humiliates her at the same time. If she ignores it, they get what they want. If she tells them off, it makes them even more proud of themselves. She's documenting it, and if they don't realize what tools they look like, at least everyone who sees them does.

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Rhân
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3 years ago

Somehow I wonder why you'd let someone like this touch you.

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Cathy
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3 years ago

And all the time I was thinking 'well this doesn't happen in Amsterdam... Amsterdam people are polite'. Wrong. 😖

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Jon O.
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3 years ago

What a scumbag..

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Michael Donaruma
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3 years ago

Total homely losers

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LostSoul
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3 years ago

"Hey girl, where are you going?" ~ "Home" ~ "Can we join? Where do you live? Think we can do fun things together"

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Maja Ćavar
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3 years ago

She looks like Catherine Zeta Jones

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Michael Donaruma
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3 years ago

Looks like you interrupted them...glory hole??

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Heather Lawless
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3 years ago

Nice manpurse

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Cat Meow
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3 years ago

Look how proud they look. Disgusting

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Michael John
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3 years ago

"I'm in front of him because my beard is bigger."

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Michael John
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3 years ago

"Look how sexy I am when I wrinkle my Canadian forehead."

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