Street Art Lets [US] Women Take a Stand Against Harassment

Daniela Walker – PSFK – Thursday, 18 September 2013 (originally published 16 Sept)

Street art with messages from women
Artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh’s public art project strives to give a voice to women who don’t feel capable of talking back to cat-callers. Image: PSFK

Living in a city, most women expect to be harassed at some point or another. ‘Hey, baby, what’s your number?’ ‘You’re so pretty when you smile’ – but artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh wants men to ‘Stop Telling Women to Smile.’ Her public art project took Fazlalizadeh from Brooklyn to Philadelphia, wheatpasting posters of stern looking women with messages of defiance, to start a conversation about the public harassment of women.

Fazlalizadeh is now turning to Kickstarter to raise the funds to take her art project to other cities across the US and film a documentary about it. With still 20 days to go, she has exceeded her goal by more than a third. The posters depict charcoal portraits of women, with slogans such as “Stop Telling Women to Smile,” “Women Do Not Owe You Their Time Or Conversation,” “Women Are Not Outside for Your Entertainment,” “My Outfit Is Not an Invitation,” and “My Name Is Not Baby, Shorty, Sexy, Sweetie, Honey, Pretty, Boo, Sweetheart, Ma.”

The white space surrounding the portrait has become a place of discussion for passersbys. Fazlalizadeh tells Fast Co.Design . . .

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