wreckamic:

Vintage Ebony Burlesque

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divalocity:

"BORN TO STAND OUT."

divalocity:

"BORN TO STAND OUT."

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Remember

femmadilemma:

There are people getting rich on our hatred of our bodies

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Blame it on the opinions of sheep

Why
They ask
Are you short
Are you fat
Are you happy
Your not happy
You hungry
Your black
Your white
Excuse me but your hair is quite curly
Are you mixed
Were are you from?
To be continued……

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Lost in intolerable situa

I am knocking doors
Inside my mind
Trying to find
An answer
Trying to climb through or knock
Them doors over
I kno that they are doors without floors
Without words
Without heart
I keep questioning life
Like I am not supposed to be here
I keep questioning it
Imagining if I was just
A
Shadow of the sky
Just a reflection of the ocean
Just a sound of a chirping bird
Or a speckle of dust…
It’s weird
An…

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Reality of a pregrant woman unwedded

I am not married
Not baptised
Been sliced like a watermelon
Been shown days that could make deserts seem easy to live in
Been shot by the wrong arrow
Or stabbed by the wrong edge of the knife
I’ve seen days that seem to not end…for I am not married
Am I a sinner?
Was it born into sin
Am I wrong for being unmarried?
So they stand and stare no wedded finger…
But she has a belly on her
How nieve…

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True stories

A housing officer once came into
My flat
With a different approach
We spoke
I lived on my own
He came into my flat
We spoke
Then he started texting me
I lived on my own
I didnt harm a fly
Nor a person
My whole being felt
Unwrapped into openness
I lived on my own
He brought a bible to
My
Flat
Though he Usto send me hearts
And kisses
He made me feel weird
I lived on my own
One day he sat next to me

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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.

Inspirational

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thatdresspersonality:

a j o a h a t s - by @ajoacilla

Beautiful!! xx

humansofnewyork:

"I don’t want to be the mom that my mom was. I have to be very present all the time, and very watchful of any patterns I might be repeating.""What pattern are you most fearful of repeating?""Shutting him down all the time. Not letting him have a voice."

Deep this how I feel about being a mom

humansofnewyork:

"I don’t want to be the mom that my mom was. I have to be very present all the time, and very watchful of any patterns I might be repeating."
"What pattern are you most fearful of repeating?"
"Shutting him down all the time. Not letting him have a voice."

Deep this how I feel about being a mom

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