"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.
Dascha Polanco attends the Rolando Santana Spring 2015 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015.
Unfriendly reminder that in America it’s reasonable to say an unarmed black kid deserved to be shot six times because he might have robbed a convenience store, but a white kid shouldn’t be kicked off the high school football team just because he violently raped a girl.
Ferguson from my TL
(From what I understand, the police thought they heard a gunshot and started throwing tear gas into the crowd. Correct me if I’m wrong)
still bummed that the benefactor wasn’t dan humphrey
this is the entire police situation in america in 6 seconds.
Why do you need birth control?
harry potter and the parks and rec department
this is the best crossover i’ve seen yet
A VERY SHORT RECAP (NOT REALLY A RECAP) OF TONIGHT’S EPISODE:
this is pure gold
the good thing about me is that you can not talk to me for 3 weeks and then talk to me and I’ll be fine and still care about you the same way I did before
the bad thing is that I do that to people and they don’t understand that sometimes I just don’t feel like interacting with people.
Mindy and Chris behind the scenes of season 3
fave couple on television
"Anytime a movie deals with their subjects honestly, it vaguely represents real people. With a lot of teen movies, they’re either super-super-clever to the point where it’s not believable — they’ll speak in long soliloquies that are way too eloquent for teenagers — or they’re horrible and you just don’t want to be sitting in a movie theater watching them for two hours. And it seems like the director’s making fun of them or saying, "Look how horrible our generation is." Whereas Gia’s not really making — in my opinion, when I see the movie — any statements about them; she’s just saying, here they are. You take what you want from it, and that’s my favorite kind of movie. I think people are so worried about having a point of view that they lose sight of that. If you present something honestly, you’ll take a lot from it." -Nat Wolff
Palo Alto (2014)
just thinking about how in merely 4 months, i will be in japan and eating amazing food and soaking in japanese culture and being adventurous. feels good to work for my own money and spend it on something i actually want, not on obligations like bills and tuition. beyond excited :’)