"Stop Telling Women to Smile" w/ Tatyana Fazlalizadeh & Feminista Jones

Please Join Us for a Reading & Discussion w/
Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, author of Stop Telling Women to Smile: Stories of Street Harassment & How We're Taking Back Our Power
in Conversation w/
Feminista Jones, author of Reclaiming Our Space
About Stop Telling Women to Smile

Every day, all over the world, women young and old; fat and thin; queer and straight; cis and trans; dressed normally, for a night on the town, or completely covered up are catcalled and denigrated simply for walking down the street. In STOP TELLING WOMEN TO SMILE: Stories of Street Harassment and How We’re Taking Back Our Power, artist and activist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh uses her arresting street art portraits to explore how women of all backgrounds (queer, Black, trans, cis and more) experience daily hostility in public spaces.
Starting as a street art project in 2012 (before #MeToo went mainstream) Fazlalizadeh has been speaking with women about their experiences of harassment, fear and empowerment for over 8 years. In STOP TELLING WOMEN TO SMILE she profiles 10 women of various backgrounds and locations, and weaves in her own experiences of harassment and empowerment throughout. Going further than any one portrait seen on the street could convey, and further than has been seen with street art alone, STOP TELLING WOMEN TO SMILE goes into the real fears and violence that women experience on a daily basis. Ultimately, the profiles show who these women are: not objects, but people with emotions.
In addition to the harrowing stories of the women she speaks with, Fazlalizadeh also offers solutions: how men can be better allies, what bystanders can do to help victims and why it should not be on women’s shoulders to fix mistreatment by men. The result is a cathartic reckoning with the aggression women endure, and an examination of what equality truly entails. 
“Tatyana’s art does what all great art does: tell the truth about our times. Her portraits of women are not only beautiful, they give women a space to have their truths heard. She is formidable and strong in her art and our society is better for it.”—Spike Lee
“Tatyana Fazlalizadeh’s work wrestles the knot between cultural codes and the bodies of women with spectacular artistry. Her intersectional feminism lights the fire we need to see a way forward. She is unflinching and glorious.” —Lidia Yuknavitch, bestselling author of The Book of Joan

Tatyana Fazlalizadeh is a classically trained oil painter turned street artist, a Forbes “30 Under 30” recipient, and an NYC artist laureate. She went to art school in Philadelphia and is confident of turning out a large crowd. Stop Telling Women to Smile started as a street art project in 2012 (before #MeToo went mainstream) with a series of larger-than-life portraits exploring how women of all backgrounds experience daily hostility in public spaces. This book goes deeper into these women’s stories and offers solutions: including new perspectives for men, bystanders and would-be allies.

Feminista Jones is a Philadelphia-based social worker, feminist writer, public speaker, and community activist. She is an award-winning blogger and the author of the novel Push the Button and the poetry collection The Secret of Sugar Water. She was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in Philadelphia and one of the Top 100 Black Social Influencers by The Root. Her writing has been featured in the New York TimesWashington Post, and TimeEssence, and Ebony magazines.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
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