Subtle sexism is hard to point outespecially when it comes in the form of a compliment.
A series of illustrations called " Backhanded Compliments ," drawn by year-old artist Vanessa Papastavrosshow how often women receive compliments that are actually insults. The series features drawings of women, each paired with a backhanded compliment she's heard in the past and the way she wishes she had responded. The women included are of all shapes, sizes and colors. Backhanded compliments are a special kind of insult, Papastavros said.
They are often said by people you know well," she continued. The backhanded compliments highlighted in the series primarily revolve around women's looks, such as "You look so much prettier with your hair straight," and "You would look so pretty without your glasses. The series was initially based on backhanded compliments Papastavros and her friends had received.
After the drawings gained some traction on her Tumblr pagePapastavros followers to share the backhanded compliments and "sugarcoated insults" they had heard, and she illustrated some of them.
Most of the submissions came from women. Often, people are trying to put down or subtly control a woman's decisions about her appearance through a backhanded compliment.
Head over to Papastavro' Tumblr page, Van's Scribblesto look at her other body positive artwork. Tap here to turn on desktop notifications to get the news sent straight to you.
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