How am I so behind the times and yet so hilarious
Power - Kanye West
"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.
Hey y’all, I know a lot of people here (myself included) are fans of Woody Allen’s work but as the release date approaches for his new film please keep in mind that every dollar you contribute to his work is another dollar supporting a system that erases victims and refuses to punish perpetrators…
Eva Herzigova and Marcus Schenkenberg as Icarus at Alexander McQueen’s debut show for Givenchy Haute Couture Spring/Summer 1997, Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris
Anonymous asked: hey, what exactly is happening in gaza right now? and why/how/when did it start? thank you in advance !!!!!
I could easily link you to the multiples of posts about this I’ve reblogged but I’m happy to explain.
Basically from my understanding, Israel started raining down missiles on “weapon launchers” and “terrorist targets” in Gaza, ever since the news of the three missing boys broke which Netanyahu tried to pin on Hamas, but Hamas denied it. Hamas and other groups responded by firing rockets into Israeli territory which made Israel escalate its bombing in Gaza, and PM Netanyahu refuses to agree to a ceasefire. Now, apparently the Israeli army is planning a ground invasion.
So far, there have been 0 Israeli casualties, meanwhile 190+ Palestinians have been killed by Israel, and over 1000+ Palestinians are injured. The Israeli army have deliberately targeted mosques, homes and even a disability centre.
What about the Gaza Strip itself though? The Gaza Strip is one of the most densely populated pieces of land, and let’s take into account that 2 out of 3 citizens in Gaza are refugees. It is a besieged strip of land which means Israel controls what goes in or out, and it controls it from the sea, air and land.
The Israeli army has apparently “warned” Palestinians in Gaza to leave their homes before they bomb them, however there is nowhere else to go. Also due to these bombings, Palestinians in Gaza have been with little water, electricity and basic services like that. Also Palestinians don’t have much access to medical supplies due to Egypt closing its Rafah border.
there will always be a part of me that is quietly indignant about not coming from c16th venice
The government of Ireland, previously vague about the timing of the Referendum on same sex marriage in Ireland, have now announced a Spring 2015 vote. It’s time to make sure that you, and the lovely sane people you know who think equality is an important factor in a modern republic, are registered and able to vote.
The link above gives detailed citizens information about getting registered which may be helpful for those who are not, or are soon to be eligible. If you are already registered but haven’t moved your vote when you’ve moved house, you might want to get working on that so that your allocated polling station is within reach on the day. Check The Register and see - you can fill out a form at your local Garda station to move your vote registration if necessary.
Complacency being the enemy of change, take the time to make sure. And make many many lovely people happier and more accepted next Spring.
Just gonna be That Person and register our disdain at the use of “the lovely sane people you know” here. Because that’s a seriously shitty way of phrasing it.
But still, this information is incredably important. We know a lot of people are angry and disillusioned about voting, particularly after the recent bout of elections. But remember, it’s notoriously hard to pass a referendum in Ireland.
The fifteenth amendment to the constitution was passed with a majority of 0.56% in 1995. The number of spoiled ballots - by which I mean the number of people who could not correctly answer a yes or no question - was 0.33%. In actual, real life numbers, we’re talking 9,114 people. So if you know somebody who has had a divorce, just bear in mind it was made possibe by less than 1/3 of the students who attend UCD. That’s how close a referendum can run in Ireland.
We know everybody says it about every election, but honestly, every vote counts here. Even if you’ve never voted before, please at least consider voting in this referendum, because it’s incredably important. We’re talking a medium sized towns worth of people here, that’s what can change Irish history forever.
And even if, like us, you believe that marriage is a patriarchal institution that upholds heteronormative standards (which it is) please just bear in mind that you’re not just voting for gay couples to get married. Off the top of our (well, my, admittedly drunken) head we can think of immigrants and trans people who will benefit from this, and if anyone wants to add to that list feel free to knock yourself out.
This is really super duper important you guys! And we absolutely should not just sit on this. It’s genuinely a thing we can all do and make ourselves feel slightly less shit about the country we live in. Go do something right now! Register to vote and then actually put that vote to good use! Tomorrow it’s gay marriage, after that who knows?