“I Deserve to be Respected”

The Artdog Image of Interest

August is a month when many students start back to school–many in new schools. I’m dedicating my Images of Interest for the next several weeks to a reminder that as young girls grow into young women, whether they’re in public or private schools or in college, they often are subject to gender-based street harassment–catcalls, comments on their looks, etc. They don’t need this grief, but all too many experience it.

This photo shows a poster by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, which has been placed on a public wall over a colorful mix of the scraps of earlier posters. Tatyana's poster shows the head and shoulders of a young woman, over the message "Yo Merezco Ser Respetada," which is Spanish for "I deserve your respect."
Tatyana FazlalizadehYo Merezco ser Respetada, “I Deserve to be Respected.”

This month’s Images of Interest are dedicated to those maturing girls and young women, as a reminder that we adults in the community have a responsibility to call out harassment wherever it manifests. I am deeply grateful to artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, whose whose work I featured last March

In this month of Back to School and Women’s Equality day, I’m delighted to share more of her “Stop Telling Women to Smile” public art project.

IMAGE: Many thanks to artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh and her Stop Telling Women to Smile” public art project for this image.

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Kansas City-based Jan S. Gephardt is a writer, artist, and teacher. She makes nationally-recognized paper sculpture and writes sf mystery novels about a sapient police dog.

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