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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.

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not gonna lie, that sounds awful and really troublesome

This is so true. I love this description so much. 

And then one of them has some random ad playing noise on it and I CAN NEVER FUCKING FIND IT!

so is writers block when you accidentally close them all at the same time?

Forced reboot to install updates. 

this explains it so well oh my goodness

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LIST OF THE WEEK: TWENTY BANNED BOOKS
Celebrate your intellectual freedom. Read a banned book.

Learn more about each book here: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Looking for Alaska, I Hunt Killers, Eleanor & Park, Gossip Girl, The Hunger Games, TTYL, 13 Reasons Why, The Giver, Speak, Hold Still, Whale Talk, The Miseducation of Cameron Post, Twenty Boy Summer, Boy Meets Boy, Living Dead Girl, Fallen Angels, Vampire Academy, The Supernaturalist, A Wrinkle In Time.

For more fun lists and all things YA lit, visit our website, follow us here and on Twitter, and subscribe to our weekly newsletter!

I’m surprised when any book is banned or challenged, but the continual obsession with challenging The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian absolutely stupefies me. That book has the tamest sexual content I’ve ever seen. I’m stunned people can find anything to object to.

They banned a book about soldiers for profanity?  What’s next, a soldier’s right to breathe?

You have got to be kidding me…soft-core porn? “Speak” is about a high school girl who was raped and then harassed about it afterwards. It was about consequences and living-on as a survivor in a world that won’t believe you. It is powerful and incredibly important. So many of these books are important. They show diversity in perspectives, and for that they’re banned…seriously?! What the hell is wrong with these people? I swear censor boards have such skewed priorities and agendas.

Anyways, it looks like my reading list is about to get longer.

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You would be surprised with how many people in your life could be going through depression at this very moment.  People hide it like a paper bag over their heads out of fear of being judged, made fun of, seen as weak, or just not taken seriously.  Depression should not be taken lightly, it holds us down from our purpose and potential in life.  Those who tell you that it doesn’t exist have never experienced depression in their life, therefore not understanding the symptoms and how it’s something that cannot be fixed in a day!  So if you think you are depressed or if you think you know someone else who is, please talk to a friend, a family member, or anyone else in your life that you trust - never overlook the possibility of seeing a doctor for more professional help!!  Your feelings are real, your feelings are shared upon millions.  Don’t hide it, talk to someone about it.  With the right help, you can rediscover your confidence and begin life anew with our undying love and support!

We are right here!!

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This is my little cat Angelina.
A little under 2 years ago, she was taken from my front garden by two men in Irvine, Scotland. She was used as a game at their drunken party, where they apparently drugged her and then proceeded to cut off her ears, and her tail whilst taking pictures and videoing the whole thing.
She was then left in a bedroom over night as they waited for her to bleed out, so they could throw her out dead somewhere in the morning. When they found her alive in the morning, they put her in a polythene bag inside a dog-mess bin.
In the early hours of the next morning, she was mieowing on our doorstep and flipping open the letterbox after making her way back home, where we rushed her to the nearest emergency vet in the mindset she would have to get put down. 
After 22 long months, Angelina is still alive today. Yesterday, 3rd of April 2014 - Owen McCullagh got sentenced 15 months (after pleading guilty at Kilmarnock Sherriff Court, claiming it was just a laugh) imprisonment for causing unnecessary suffering to wee Angelina and the other charged (Craig Higgins) plea of not guilty got accepted.
For those of you on my blog, who wouldn’t normally reblog things like this. I’m asking you please just to reblog, share on facebook, twitter, whatever you like to raise awareness for animal cruelty. The justice system does not do enough for animal cruelty situations and it’s honestly disgusting the fact that they’d need to do anything! Cruelty to animals should not even be a thing, it is sick, vile and pathetic, and quite frankly if it was left to me, he would have been on death row and not just in jail for 15 months.
It’s about time we stood up against animal cruelty.

What in the holy hell?!

Wow! That is horrible! I can’t imagine anyone hurting my little Jayfeather. ;3;
I would be so sad, and probably be out for blood to anyone who even looked at him wrong!!
My cat is my best friend~

I just can’t. Reading that made me feel sick.

'Claiming it was just a laugh'!? What a sick fucking piece of trash i am crying for your darling cat

"just a laugh"? ….

I’m gonna cry


And for those who are thinking ‘it’s just a cat’, let me put this in perspective for you: 1) even if this is ‘just a cat’, consider the fact that most sane people play board games, video games, talk, play darts, and other things for recreation. Torturing animals is not recreation. It’s sadism.2) Most serial killers start off by ‘practicing’ on animals.
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dollbun:

peachmilky:

veganfaunette:

sugarstitchplush:

kazzysplushemporium:

komapsunida:

marinadelheartbreaker:

This is my little cat Angelina.

A little under 2 years ago, she was taken from my front garden by two men in Irvine, Scotland. She was used as a game at their drunken party, where they apparently drugged her and then proceeded to cut off her ears, and her tail whilst taking pictures and videoing the whole thing.

She was then left in a bedroom over night as they waited for her to bleed out, so they could throw her out dead somewhere in the morning. When they found her alive in the morning, they put her in a polythene bag inside a dog-mess bin.

In the early hours of the next morning, she was mieowing on our doorstep and flipping open the letterbox after making her way back home, where we rushed her to the nearest emergency vet in the mindset she would have to get put down. 

After 22 long months, Angelina is still alive today. Yesterday, 3rd of April 2014 - Owen McCullagh got sentenced 15 months (after pleading guilty at Kilmarnock Sherriff Court, claiming it was just a laugh) imprisonment for causing unnecessary suffering to wee Angelina and the other charged (Craig Higgins) plea of not guilty got accepted.

For those of you on my blog, who wouldn’t normally reblog things like this. I’m asking you please just to reblog, share on facebook, twitter, whatever you like to raise awareness for animal cruelty. The justice system does not do enough for animal cruelty situations and it’s honestly disgusting the fact that they’d need to do anything! Cruelty to animals should not even be a thing, it is sick, vile and pathetic, and quite frankly if it was left to me, he would have been on death row and not just in jail for 15 months.

It’s about time we stood up against animal cruelty.

What in the holy hell?!

Wow! That is horrible! I can’t imagine anyone hurting my little Jayfeather. ;3;

I would be so sad, and probably be out for blood to anyone who even looked at him wrong!!

My cat is my best friend~

I just can’t. Reading that made me feel sick.

'Claiming it was just a laugh'!? What a sick fucking piece of trash
i am crying for your darling cat

"just a laugh"? ….

I’m gonna cry

And for those who are thinking ‘it’s just a cat’, let me put this in perspective for you: 1) even if this is ‘just a cat’, consider the fact that most sane people play board games, video games, talk, play darts, and other things for recreation. Torturing animals is not recreation. It’s sadism.
2) Most serial killers start off by ‘practicing’ on animals.

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