Cool street art alert: “Women do not owe you their time or conversation”

We’ve mentioned this street art before when it popped up in Philly, although I didn’t know then who was behind it. According to NPR, these anti-street harassment posters are the work of artist Tatayana Fazlalizadeh who’s been dodging cops in the cover of darkness to put them up in her neighborhood in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.

Tatayana Fazlalizadeh street harassment posters

Fazlalizadeh says the frequent cat calls she receives inspired her. “It happens almost daily to me,” she says, “so I wanted to express myself and speak up for myself.”

Update: Check out Fazlalizadeh’s Stop Telling Women to Smile Tumblr.

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Maya Dusenbery is an Executive Director in charge of Editorial at Feministing. Maya has previously worked at NARAL Pro-Choice New York and the National Institute for Reproductive Health and was a fellow at Mother Jones magazine. She graduated with a B.A. from Carleton College in 2008. A Minnesota native, she currently lives, writes, edits, and bakes bread in Atlanta, Georgia.

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  • Penny White

    It is so free and empowering to be an older woman. I do not experience any catcalls or street harassment, and I live in a busy city. My dream is that the day will come when younger women are valued as much as older women. It is insane to imply that because younger women are viewed as more sexually desirable than older women that they are viewed as more valuable. Tragically, the opposite is true. We should be considered valuable simply because we are human beings – at any age, any size, any anything. Sigh. It can’t come soon enough for me.

    • Maggie Pye

      Unfortunately, this hasn’t been my experience. I’m solidly middle-aged, and I have been out in public with a woman 20-30 years my senior, and we’ve both been treated to this. (Yes, there are men out there who think a woman who could be their grandmother needs to be called a “bitch” for not smiling at him.) I do think it happens *less*, but it doesn’t stop happening altogether.