Watch Artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh Combat Street Harassment in México

Tatyana Fazlalizadeh has traveled all over with "Stop Telling Women to Smile," in which she wheatpastes the streets with portraits of women captioned with anti-harassment messages. In a comprehensive new series spearheaded by Fusion's Anna Holmes (and the founder of this very website), Fazlalizadeh takes her work internationally for the very first time, for a long project in México City that combines community activism and beautiful, important public art. We also get to see the very talented Fazlalizadeh's process, how interactive she is with local women's advocates—and how half the beauty of her art is the work she, and the women around her, puts into it.

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Above is a project overview—with Fazlalizadeh in conversation with local advocates, and a basic discussion of how street harassment is damaging—but the entire series at Fusion is quite stunning, with a full host of videos and interactive testimonials from individuals around DF telling their personal stories. They spoke with a wide range of people, from activists to cops, moms to students, some of whose catcalling moments are below. Check out the entire project for more; it really underscores how what Fazlalizadeh has been doing is so important, not just with regards to outreach but with making women across the world feel empowered. (Even if you're not involved; it's so comforting and heartening to walk down a city street and be greeted by one of Fazlalizadeh's posters, like a little subliminal "I got your back, girl" where you least expect it.)

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artfulvillain33
Mr.Noir, Liberal Hippie King

While I never cat called a woman before I never use to think it was a big deal. Then one day I ran in to the pharmacy to pick something up while my girlfriend just waited in the car & when I came back some asshole was tapping on her window. He kept knocking on the window, telling her to roll it down, he "just wanted to talk". When he saw me he said "sorry man I didn't know she was with someone". I said " even if she wasn't that's still an asshole thing to do". He was so fucking obnoxious. I felt like such an asshole. I was really mad at myself because THATS what it took to make me see how shitty catcalling really is. 3 months later I started reading Jezebel daily & here we are.