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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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manticoreimaginary:

"I am a big girl. A voluptuous, curvy, dress-wearing lesbian. I love my body; it’s the only one I’ll ever have. I eat a lot of greens and work out and drink gin martinis and put M&Ms in my froyo and sometimes I don’t do anything but watch Project Runway. I am allowed to look sexy, feel sexy, and be in love. I am worthy of all of those things, and so are you. Own your good and bad, and all the scary parts that you’ve been covering up because it is yours and no amount of judgement can tell you how to love your body. In the words of Sonya Renee, the body is not an apology. You are magic.

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unicornhairs:

her suit tho omg

I love wedding photos of strangers. I don’t even know you but I’m so happy that you’re happy and you look so lovely and it’s so wonderful and affirming somehow. I don’t know. Wedding photos make me happy.

Does her suit have stripes down the inside of the legs?

REVERSE HAN SOLO.

(Source: handhweddings.com)

humansofnewyork:

"We just woke up from our nap. It’s an emotional time."(Korzhi, Ukraine)

humansofnewyork:

"We just woke up from our nap. It’s an emotional time."

(Korzhi, Ukraine)

megannnutmeg:

Beautiful photos of a super beautiful family.
Angie’s dress is by Luigi Massi of Versace. He took direction from the children (who wanted her dress to look like princess Fiona’s from Shrek), and included their drawings on her veil.
Each kid chose their own role, and outfit for the wedding. Pax and Maddox choosing to walk Angie down the aisle, Zahara, and Vivienne chose to be flower girls, and Shiloh and Knox chose to be ring bearers(and they both chose their spunky hats! How great!) also, Pax MADE the cake.
Angie walked down the aisle to no sound but the small gathering of guests humming “here comes the bride.” And she, and Brad exchanged vows which were mostly written by the kids.
I am so incredibly in love with this beautiful family. I mean just look at those kids faces, they are so in love with their family. Agh I love them so much.

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I got my NOH8 photo from World Pride today! Love how it turned out and still blown away about how warm and welcoming the NOH8 Campaign team/volunteers were and especially photographer Adam Bouska.
We got to their booth quite early the day of the shoot and met some other great people while waiting (as well as got to see the Dyke March yarnbomb). Hard to believe it’s already been 2 months since WPTO2014 and this was a great reminder!
Learn more about the NOH8 Campaign.

I got my NOH8 photo from World Pride today! Love how it turned out and still blown away about how warm and welcoming the NOH8 Campaign team/volunteers were and especially photographer Adam Bouska.

We got to their booth quite early the day of the shoot and met some other great people while waiting (as well as got to see the Dyke March yarnbomb). Hard to believe it’s already been 2 months since WPTO2014 and this was a great reminder!

Learn more about the NOH8 Campaign.

Shannon’s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Donate to ALS Canada

Between shooting this video and uploading it, ALS Canada surpassed $4million raised!

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About Amyotrphic lateral sclerosis

Other noteworthy ALS Ice Bucket Videos:

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Where it all started - Pete Frates’ Challenge

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August 3rd is Esther Day
What Is Esther Day?"When I think of the value that I appreciate and the value that I create, what matters to me most is how much I love people, and how much the people that I love love me."  -Hank Green
What Are Esthertines?Tangible declarations of platonic and familial affection best served in person with an audible “I love you” and a personal note on the back.
You can download and print all eight of these Esthertines for free!

Joviana made a whole new batch of Estherines for 2014! Print them and hand them out on August 3rd!

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andotherpoems:

August 3rd is Esther Day

What Is Esther Day?

"When I think of the value that I appreciate and the value that I create, what matters to me most is how much I love people, and how much the people that I love love me."  -Hank Green

What Are Esthertines?
Tangible declarations of platonic and familial affection best served in person with an audible “I love you” and a personal note on the back.

You can download and print all eight of these Esthertines for free!

Joviana made a whole new batch of Estherines for 2014! Print them and hand them out on August 3rd!

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Limzy Wei: Flowergirls

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Malaysian artist Lim Zhi Wei adorns her watercolors entitled “ Flowergirls” with real flowers, to a stunning effect.

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Happy Esther Day! Love, LeakyCon

If you have read/seen/heard of The Fault in Our Stars by John Green you’ll know the story of a 16 year old girl with cancer. There was a real girl who inspired that story and her name was Esther. But Esther’s story is entirely different from Hazel-Grace’s. Esther was an amazing person who used the power of Fandom and online community to spread her never-ending optimism and enthusiasm for life and love without shame. Esther not only inspired an author to pen an award winning story, but also an entire community of creators and youth.

As Esther’s health ailed, Vlogbrothers John & Hank Green asked Esther what they could do for her birthday. The wise 16 year old didn’t ask for anything extravagant, but asked rather that they take the time to say ‘I love you’ to their friends and family. Since Esther passed away in 2010, Esther Day has continued on her birthday, August 3, and grown exponentially.

Year round, Esther’s legacy is remembered through the charitable foundation This Star Won’t Go Out, but once a year we take a day to show our gratitude to all those in our life who make us better people.

So this is me, saying to you, that if you are someone in my life who has greeted me with a smile, given me a hug in time of need, listened to my stories, laughed at my stupid jokes, put up with the bad times as much as the good; if you are someone I talk to daily, or once a year, if our lives have moved on or if I’ve only recently met you if you live close or far away; if you are any of these things: I love you.
Pass on the love to your own friends and family. Thank you Esther, the world misses you.

Rest in Awesome.