“Stop Telling Women to Smile” Art Project

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Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, an artist and women’s rights activist, created an art project that can be seen around different cities titled “Stop Telling Women To Smile”. The art project addresses the common occurrence of street harassment towards women. From cat-calls, to intruding a women’s personal space, to demanding a women to smile, and much more, street harrassment happens to many times to too many women around the world.

Tatyana Fazlalizadeh explains her idea on creating this powerful art project (from her website):

“The project is saying that street harassment is not okay. That feeling entitled to treat and speak to women any type of way, is not okay. That demanding a woman’s attention is not okay. That intruding on a woman’s space and thoughts is not okay. That women should be able to walk to the train, to the grocery store, to school – without having to cross the street to avoid the men that she sees already eyeing her as she approaches. That making women feel objectified, sexualized simply because they are women, is not okay. That grabbing a woman’s wrist to force her to speak to you is not okay. That requesting for a woman to “smile for you” is not okay – because women are not outside on the street for the purpose of entertaining and pleasing men. That it’s quite possible women are wonderful, happy, intelligent human beings that simply want to move through out the world comfortably and safely while wearing their face however the hell they want to.” 

To learn more about “Stop Telling Women To Smile” and to view the wonderful art pieces, visit these two websites: http://www.tlynnfaz.com/Stop-Telling-Women-to-Smile & http://stoptellingwomentosmile.com/About.

Batgirl Beyond!

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Here’s a wonderful thing, a new arc in the Batman Beyond universe, Batgirl Beyond.

The story is about “Police Commissioner Barbara Gordon meets a mysterious young girl with a familiar bat-symbol, who not only saves her life twice, but gives her hope that brighter days are ahead.” (source: DcComics Blog). 

The comic is written by Scott Peterson and illustrated by Annie Wu. And has been on sale since July 2013.

 

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Official Trailer

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a “Victor’s Tour’ of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) – a competition that could change Panem forever.

Circle De Luz Empowering Young Latinas

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Circle De Luz is a wonderful group that helps inspire and empower young Latinas. By mentoring a new group of young girls each year, Circle De Luz supports the group in education, personal well-being, confidence, and future success.

Circle De Luz was created by Rosie Molinary, author of Hijas Americanas: Beauty, Body Image, and Growing Up Latina. While promoting her book she realized some of the issues that Latinas were experiencing and felt inspired to do something. With the help from a group of powerful women, Circle De Luz was formed.

Circle De Luz believes that every young girl and women deserves the right to education, to pursue their dreams and goals, and be the best they can be. Donations and volunteering from Mijas (girlfriends) also pushes the Circle De Luz to even bigger achievements.

To learn more about how you can be involved Circle De Luz and make a difference, visit their website: http://circledeluz.org/

Ms. Marvel Character to Come Back as Muslim Teenager, Kamala Khan

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Kamala Khan, a 16 year old teen girl with Pakistan immigrant parents who all live in New Jersey, will be the newest edition of Ms. Marvel. Kamala Khan is a normal teenager who has powers and responsibiliets thrust upon her when she becomes Ms. Marvel. Some of her powers will be shape-shifting and having her limbs go different sizes.

Marvel Entertainment has chosen to keep with diversifiying their comic books and superheros and has writer G. Willow Wilson to write the series. Also Adrian Alphona will be the arist and Sana Amanat as the editor. With this team, it’s sure to be a very coloful and exciting comic book series.

G. Willow Wilson spoke about her new comic series (from CBS),

“I wanted Ms. Marvel to be true-to-life, something real people could relate to, particularly young women. High school was a very vivid time in my life, so I drew heavily on those experiences — impending adulthood, dealing with school, emotionally charged friendships that are such a huge part of being a teenager.”

If you want to know more about Ms. Marvel visit marvel.com and follow writer G. Willow Wilson on twitter @GWillowWilson!