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"Image Credit: Carol Rossetti

When Brazilian graphic designer Carol Rossetti began posting colorful illustrations of women and their stories to Facebook, she had no idea how popular they would become. 

Thousands of shares throughout the world later, the appeal of Rosetti’s work is clear. Much like the street art phenomenon Stop Telling Women To Smile, Rossetti’s empowering images are the kind you want to post on every street corner, as both a reminder and affirmation of women’s bodily autonomy. 

"It has always bothered me, the world’s attempts to control women’s bodies, behavior and identities," Rossetti told Mic via email. "It’s a kind of oppression so deeply entangled in our culture that most people don’t even see it’s there, and how cruel it can be."

Rossetti’s illustrations touch upon an impressive range of intersectional topics, including LGBTQ identity, body image, ageism, racism, sexism and ableism. Some characters are based on the experiences of friends or her own life, while others draw inspiration from the stories many women have shared across the Internet. 

"I see those situations I portray every day," she wrote. "I lived some of them myself."

Despite quickly garnering thousands of enthusiastic comments and shares on Facebook, the project started as something personal — so personal, in fact, that Rossetti is still figuring out what to call it. For now, the images reside in albums simply titled “WOMEN in english!" or "Mujeres en español!" which is fitting: Rossetti’s illustrations encompass a vast set of experiences that together create a powerful picture of both women’s identity and oppression.

One of the most interesting aspects of the project is the way it has struck such a global chord. Rossetti originally wrote the text of the illustrations in Portuguese, and then worked with an Australian woman to translate them to English. A group of Israeli feminists also took it upon themselves to create versions of the illustrations in Hebrew. Now, more people have reached out to Rossetti through Facebook and offered to translate her work into even more languages. Next on the docket? Spanish, Russian, German and Lithuanian.

It’s an inspiring show of global solidarity, but the message of Rossetti’s art is clear in any language. Above all, her images celebrate being true to oneself, respecting others and questioning what society tells us is acceptable or beautiful.

"I can’t change the world by myself," Rossetti said. "But I’d love to know that my work made people review their privileges and be more open to understanding and respecting one another."

From the site: All images courtesy Carol Rossetti and used with permission. You can find more illustrations, as well as more languages, on her Facebook page.

— 3 days ago with 58590 notes
#carol rosetti  #lit  #feminism  #human rights  #feminist  #art  #stereotypes 
"Discussion is an exchange of knowledge; an argument an exchange of ignorance."
Robert Quillen
— 3 days ago
#anger  #ignorance  #discussion  #argument  #quotes  #robert quillen 
"Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding."
Gandhi
— 3 days ago
#Gandhi  #quotes  #anger 
"Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured."
Mark Twain
— 3 days ago with 1 note
#mark twain  #quotes  #anger 

I’m trying to follow a positive philosophy for life. Like “Love. Be kind. Forgive” but I think there’s too much of an innate anger inside me. It’s haaaard

— 4 days ago

So over these fucking wishy washy boys in my life. 

D - Thought you were cool and sexy but you the most confusing of them all. Therefore, I hate you the most. 

T - You only text me at night, say sup, then stop texting me after you’ve fulfilled some notion that someone is willing to talk to you (I roll my eyes every time I see a “hi” text from you, but I always cave)

S - You are not even on this continent right now

— 5 days ago
#rant post  #boys suck  #gotta creatively let out my feelings  #you know  #personal 

BOYS ARE SO CONFUSING. I HATE MODERN DATING or whatever it is 

— 6 days ago
pradaphne:

Photographed by Lena C. Emery.

pradaphne:

Photographed by Lena C. Emery.

— 1 week ago with 343 notes
#lena c. emery 

"It is hard in some ways. You’re like a little crab; you carry everything around with you. Travelling as much as I do makes you appreciate where you’re at. It makes home wonderful. And work is always new and exciting and different, because you’re never in one place too long."

(Source: stormborns, via belledearie)

— 1 week ago with 5414 notes
#emilia clarke 

There’s Teardrops On My Guitar but what about Sleeping With My Guitar Because I Was Playing It Late At Night While Laying Down. Now that’s more common in my life

— 1 week ago
"1.
This is what it boils down to:
your lips planting
crucifixes on my hips
and my body shaking,
saying, I’ve suffered
enough to get here,
go ahead and destroy me.

2.
You are too holy
too beautiful too pure
to be shoved into poetry.
Yet here you are,
being used to demonstrate
my scars.

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Non-monogamy | Lora Mathis (via lora-mathis)
— 1 week ago with 825 notes
#lora mathis  #lit  #poetry 

An interviewer once said to me, “You play all these victims but they’re strong” Hello? Every woman alive on the planet right now could be described like that. Every woman alive. Every woman is fragile and strong.

Michelle Williams

An interviewer once said to me, “You play all these victims but they’re strong” Hello? Every woman alive on the planet right now could be described like that. Every woman alive. Every woman is fragile and strong.

Michelle Williams

(Source: michellewilliamss)

— 3 weeks ago with 444 notes
#michelle williams