Stop telling women to smile Stories of street harassment and how we're taking back our power

Tatyana Fazlalizadeh

Book - 2020

"A celebration of the author's art, a rallying read for women who are fed up with their own harassment experiences, and a statement on how pervasive the problem of street harassment really is, this is a singular and important book. Sitting at the cross-section of social activism, art, community engagement, and feminism, Stop Telling Women To Smile brings to the page the author's arresting and famous street art--featuring the faces and voices of everyday women as they talk about th...e experience of living in communities that are supposed to be their homes yet are frequently hostile. Among the lessons of the #metoo movement is that countless women experience harassment, and that women are more eager than ever to share experiences and recognize common oppression. Fazlalizadeh has been contributing to these conversations through her street art since 2012. This perfectly timed, singular collection of profiles, short essays, and original artwork unforgettably shows how it affects women based on gender presentation, race, class, age, and other intersecting identities"--

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Published
New York, NY : Seal Press 2020.
Language
English
Physical Description
xxiii, 226 pages ; 25 cm
ISBN
9781580058483
1580058485
Main Author
Tatyana Fazlalizadeh (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Fazlalizadeh is a classically trained oil painter whose street art series on harassment has cemented her legacy. In this debut, she tackles the humiliation of street harassment from cisgender men with her own experiences, as well as the stories of nine other women from diverse backgrounds. Fazlalizadeh provides a voice for these women by detailing their experiences and how those experiences made them feel. She also creates a black-and-white portrait for each with a message from the women to their attackers. The writing is precise and leaves little room for misinterpretation. Readers who haven't been directly affected by street harassment will find precise instructions on how to be an ally. As the book tackles heavy topics such as the politics of women's bodies and violence caused by sexism, Fazlalizadeh also shares her self-care techniques and ways she copes with it all. Every reader can walk away from this book more conscious of ensuring women are safe to move through public as well as private spaces. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Booklist Reviews

Fazlalizadeh is a classically trained oil painter whose street art series on harassment has cemented her legacy. In this debut, she tackles the humiliation of street harassment from cisgender men with her own experiences, as well as the stories of nine other women from diverse backgrounds. Fazlalizadeh provides a voice for these women by detailing their experiences and how those experiences made them feel. She also creates a black-and-white portrait for each with a message from the women to their attackers. The writing is precise and leaves little room for misinterpretation. Readers who haven't been directly affected by street harassment will find precise instructions on how to be an ally. As the book tackles heavy topics such as the politics of women's bodies and violence caused by sexism, Fazlalizadeh also shares her self-care techniques and ways she copes with it all. Every reader can walk away from this book more conscious of ensuring women are safe to move through public as well as private spaces. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A classically trained oil painter, using her arresting street art portraits, explores how women experience hostility in communities that are supposed to be homes, addressing the pervasiveness of street harassment, its effects and the kinds of activism that can serve to counter it. (social science). 20,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"A celebration of the author's art, a rallying read for women who are fed up with their own harassment experiences, and a statement on how pervasive the problem of street harassment really is, this is a singular and important book. Sitting at the cross-section of social activism, art, community engagement, and feminism, Stop Telling Women To Smile brings to the page the author's arresting and famous street art--featuring the faces and voices of everyday women as they talk about the experience of living in communities that are supposed to be their homes yet are frequently hostile. Among the lessons of the #metoo movement is that countless women experience harassment, and that women are more eager than ever to share experiences and recognize common oppression. Fazlalizadeh has been contributing to these conversations through her street art since 2012. This perfectly timed, singular collection of profiles, short essays, and original artwork unforgettably shows how it affects women based on gender presentation, race, class, age, and other intersecting identities"--

Review by Publisher Summary 3

The debut book from a celebrated artist on the urgent topic of street harassmentEvery day, all over the world, women are catcalled and denigrated simply for walking down the street. Boys will be boys, women have been told for generations, ignore it, shrug it off, take it as a compliment. But the harassment has real consequences for women: in the fear it instills and the shame they are made to feel. In Stop Telling Women to Smile, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh uses her arresting street art portraits to explore how women experience hostility in communities that are supposed to be homes. She addresses the pervasiveness of street harassment, its effects, and the kinds of activism that can serve to counter it. The result is a cathartic reckoning with the aggression women endure, and an examination of what equality truly entails.