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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.


eveningdreams:

lacigreen:

squidsqueen:

What makes me so happy about this is that she isn’t telling you you must love your body or that you are obligated to. She saying you have permission to. And that’s important, because there are a lot of reasons why people have trouble with self-love.  But the idea that you aren’t supposed to love your body, that you aren’t allowed to for whatever reason, needs to be crushed. If you can’t love you body right now, if your body causes you pain or disphoria or distress, you aren’t required to love it. But you are ALLOWED to. You are entitled to the chance to make peace with your body, if you ever reach a point where you are ready to. No one else should be trying to stop you.

beautifully said ^

This is so incredibly important and I’m so glad someone has articulated it properly.


Emma Watson for Elle US (By Carter Smith) (x)


Romeo can’t really be blamed for Ophelia’s death.

Senior English major on a Shakespeare final. 

WELL THEY’RE NOT WRONG

(via loversturnintomonsters)

If you think about it, though, that’s a really useful phrase to throw blame off of someone. So if someone accuses you of something and you say this, you’re basically saying ‘not only was I not involved in the act, but we’re talking a completely different play set in a completely different country. Wasn’t me, dude.’

(via cannibalcoalition)



Woobin for Sieg

Maxim Coffee. 

shavostars:

mrsmiawallaces:

This Vine gives me life

I’m reblogging this again, because this gives me life and a will to live even in the darkest hours.


ballerinawrites:

queens → sea


headcanonish:

streetkingskay:

streetking

street - nature - urban


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headcanonish:

streetkingskay:

streetking

street - nature - urban

American wizards, unlike British wizards, live closer to their Muggle counterparts and make a stronger effort to blend in with existing Muggle culture. This results in a particular blend of wizarding and Muggle styles that leaves American wizards and witches extremely conspicuous when they travel in more traditional nations like Britain.