Stop Telling Women To Smile

Tatyana Fazlalizadeh stoptellingwomentosmile.com
Tatyana Fazlalizadeh
stoptellingwomentosmile.com

We have seen a few different cases of street art, and it seems to be a particularly powerful way to bring a message directly to everyday people. Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, an illustrator/painter based in Brooklyn, uses street art in order to talk about the way that women are perceived and treated. Fazlalizadeh draws portraits of women and then accompanies them with captions that directly speak to offenders of harassment.This use of street art is particularly powerful in this case because it is addressing street-based harassment, therefore speaks directly to the public it references. Stop Telling Women To Smile  “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.” Fazlalizadeh’s work creates a safer space for women, in a space that is so often unsafe, and creates a space where women can question and challenge the harassment that often seems commonplace. It creates a space where women can stand together in the face of harassment.

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