Stop Telling Women to Smile is an art series by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. The work attempts to address gender based street harassment by placing drawn portraits of women, composed with captions that speak directly to offenders, outside in public spaces.
Tatyan Falalizadeh is an illustrator/painter based in Brooklyn, mostly known for her oil paintings. Having recently branched out into public art as a muralist, STWTS was born out of the idea that street art can be an impactful tool for tackling street harassment.
STWTS started in Brooklyn in the fall of 2012. It is an on-going, travelling series and will gradually include many cities and many women participants.
Street harassment is a serious issue that affects women world wide. This project takes women’s voices, and faces, and puts them in the street - creating a bold presence for women in an environment where they are so often made to feel uncomfortable and unsafe.
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On why you may not need a mentor:
If you have a mentor who has already done everything you want to do, you might just be unimaginative. If you can find someone who’s a perfect match, then you’re doing something that’s been done before. That’s great if your mentor is Stephen Hawking, Joan Didion, or some other luminary whose contributions you can only hope to match. But maybe a “perfect match” isn’t so great if your mentor is just a nice person who’s pretty successful.
Alternately, if you can’t find a mentor and can’t even imagine who that person might be, you’re either doing something very stupid or very awesome.
Figure drawing. Pen and ink. My place.
Painting and bourbon last night. http://www.fredharper.com/fharper/
The glass-half-empty-or-full dichotomy never really expressed the issue for me.
The point is supposed to be, of course, that a glass half-full or half-empty can be looked at two different ways, so why not look on the bright side of life?
I. Water is a thing that can be measured quantitatively.
II. Half-full and half-empty are always the same thing.
III. It’s easy to get more water.
IV. The rate of increase or decrease of the water is more important than the absolute amount.
Addendum to point (III): If you’re all like, “I am very grateful for this half-cup of water,” you are less likely to get off your ass and turn on a fucking faucet.
Medieval Olympics shows up in Pussy Riot debut in Sochi. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/russia/10649037/Pussy-Riot-attacked-with-whips-by-police-at-Sochi.html