This weekend when I was running in my neighborhood in Atlanta, I was excited to come across one of artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh‘s “Stop Telling Women to Smile” posters freshly plastered on the side of the Krog Street Tunnel. Fazlalizadeh’s anti-street harassment public art project, which we’ve covered before, started in Brooklyn, has spread to several major American cities, and just yesterday graced the pages of The New York Times.
As the Times feature notes, the particular poster I snapped a photo of on Saturday (on left) had been defaced by Sunday night with a smile spray-painted over Fazlalizadeh’s face and the words “Force It” scrawled underneath. I went back to check it out today and found the defacement now seems to have been defaced (as seen in the photo to the right). As Fazlalizadeh says, “Visual art, especially, is right in your face.” And public art, especially, gives you a chance to see the reactions it sparks — both good and bad.
Clips from Senator Mikulski’s appeal for a straight up or down vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act
When I was growing up in the ’90s, “yo mama” jokes—wherein amateur comedians competed to call one another’s mothers ugly, fat, and stupid—were the scourge of my middle school. (A mild example: “Yo mama so dumb, she thought a quarterback was a refund.”) These days, a kindler, gentler mom joke…
Some brands are finding that people will applaud even their most timid efforts to deviate from the standard model physique.
Over the weekend we received a tip from a concerned mother who had come across something very disconcerting while perusing the aisles of Toys R Us. Apparently the only available toy or figurine of the Star Wars character Princess Leia is of her in the “Slave Outfit” from Return of the Jedi. Bikini? Check. Loin cloth? Check. Chain around the neck? Check. And in case you were wondering if it was actually geared towards children, it’s listed for kids ages 4+.
"Because of Them, We Can" is an adorable photo project that highlights some of the most influential and often overlooked figures of women’s history.