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Poster series protests against societal pressures on women


A Brazilian illustrator has created a series of designs as a protest against the oppression many women feel in society.

In her illustrations, 26-year-0ld Carol Rossetti addresses various issues that women are affected by, such as the way we dress, what we choose to do with our lives and how other people perceive us.

One picture looks at how women feel pressured to shave their legs and overlay copy comments that is absolutely ok not to. Says Rossetti, just because society "expects" it, we shouldn't feel like we have to always get the razer out.

In another image, a woman is seen wearing baggy clothing because she prefers menswear to the tighter-fitting "feminine" garments in the women's section. The artist makes it clear that Laura shouldn't feel ashamed of this, she should embrace it.

Similarly, the work looks at a little girl who feels pressured to do a more "girly" sport such as ballet, instead of karate, just because her parents think it's weird to like a more "masculine" activity.

Speaking to the website Women You Should Know, Carol said:

“I started the series because the world’s attempt to control women’s bodies, behavior and identity really bothered me. This kind of oppression seems so entangled in our culture that most people don’t even realize it’s there.

My goal with these illustrations is to show this oppression in all its shapes, and make people question themselves about it. The project has grown, and I like to talk about other themes as well, such as racism, ableism and LGBT issues."

See some of our favourite pictures below.

You can see more of Carol's work here.



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