Street Harassment’s #1 Enemy Rolls into Town

Artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh was fed up with street harassment, so she started the project Stop Telling Women to Smile. The campaign visits L.A. this week

Unfortunately, street harassment is a part of many women’s lives. New York-based illustrator and painter Tatyana Fazlalizadeh wanted to change that. In 2012, she started the street art campaign Stop Telling Women to Smile, in which she drew portraits of women she had interviewed about their experiences with street harassment, printed them on posters with slogans such as “My Outfit Is Not An Invitation,” “You Are Not Entitled To My Space,” and “My Name Is Not Baby,” and plastered them all over New York City. By reclaiming the streets with her awareness campaign, Fazlalizadeh aims to provoke conversations about how people experience the public space. She hopes it will inspire views to change this dynamic for the better.

On March 8, Stop Telling Women to Smile rolled into Los Angeles for a week of events, meetups, and art exhibitions. Here are a few of the events:

March 12
LA Chapter of UN Women presentation 6:45 PM
(11674 Gateway Blvd, Suite C, Second Floor, West Los Angeles)

March 13
Downtown Art Walk 5:30 – 9:30 PM
Mini Exhibition at Art Walk Lounge (648 Spring St.)
Window Display and Lithograph Signing at Nopal Press (109 W. 5th St)

March 14
Wheat Pasting in Arts District 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon (Corner, 7th and Mateo)
Black Women’s Circle Discussion at Black Workers Center 4:30 – 7:00 pm (in South LA, 6569 S. Vermont Ave)

March 15
WAM! Discussion at Santa Monica College 4:00 PM
(HSS 152, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica)

March 16
Wheat Pasting at Fame Yard, 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon (near 7763 Melrose Ave)
Group Discussion at Grand Park (exact location avail by email)

March 17
Action/Speak Out at Santa Monica College (on the Quad)
Lecture at Santa Monica College (1900 Pico Blvd.)
Both presented with Hollaback, WAM! And Feminist Majority

March 18
“Sisterhood Empowerment” presentation and discussion
Hosted by Brotherhood Crusade