Just take them and leave me alone, Raoof Haghighi, Graphite on paper, 2021

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  1. This is eerily beautiful. I was thinking the other night about how I wanted to go for a walk but decided against it because there has been a lot of sexual harassment in the city lately. I simply decided to go to the store late at night.

  2. It’s incredible! She was also very thoughtful in shaving her pubic hairs before removing that part. “Fine, you want it? Here it is, 70s bush for you,” I would have said.

  3. Excellent work. It’s really intriguing. As a man, I have the opposite experience: I get no attention unless I actively seek it out. No one can speak to me almost at all unless I reach out first if I just go about my daily routine.

    Men and women have very different life experiences, which is very revealing.

  4. I walked around my neighborhood without my massive fuck-off noise cancelling headphones for the first time in a long time yesterday. I quickly remembered why I don’t do that, and I quickly re-applied them for my next walk.

  5. It reminds me of the Inuit tale about a woman who is raped by her brother and then cuts off her breasts and gives them to him as a “be careful what you wish for” contract.

    They then run so quickly that they rise into the sky and transform into the sun and moon.

  6. Everyone seems to be reading this as a message to a guy or “kids,” which is understandable, but the title and imagery also remind me a lot about what my wife has said about her post-partum feelings about our boy.

  7. Most apologies? Unless you’re talking about Twitch Streamers who essentially just take baths on the internet for money, I think it’s safe to assume that most women don’t like being harassed.

  8. I’m a male, and I’m not sure why, but this photo struck me particularly hard. I’m not particularly attractive, but I despise being stereotyped for who I am.

  9. ITT: It’s a work of art! Have you figured it out yet?

    You people need to stop criticizing other people’s interpretations. Damn, let people feel things.

  10. After looking at it for as long as I did, allowing the sensation to wash over and through me, I couldn’t bring myself to scroll past it.

    I genuinely sympathize with the women of the world.


  11. To be honest, many people hate being objectified, and unwanted touching and grabbing is a major issue that affects both men and women. Speaking out against harassment, or at least bringing it to the attention of the public, is not white knighting.

  12. Wow, I’ve never been much of an art person and can only recall a few occasions when a piece of art has moved me, but this one was different. It’s incredible.

  13. It’s incredible that this was accomplished by an individual. As a woman, the feel of the job, coupled with the title, spoke to me deeply. To be honest, I feel like this a lot more than I don’t. I’d be happier if they didn’t exist.

  14. Isn’t it appealing to the eye? The execution is decent, but I’m shocked that everyone is so taken aback by this… It reminds me of what you’d see on
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  15. This is extremely strong. Why is it that life is like this? Why are women objectified and oppressed for pleasure by a significant percentage of men in every country and culture?


    By the way, this is rhetorical, and I’m not looking for any hot takes. I just want to wish all of my fellow survivors a good day. You’re stunning just the way you are.

  16. This hits me hard as a guy in rehab from a porn addiction. Every day, I fight the urge to objectify women, but I’m much more mindful of it now. This painting says a lot!

  17. The Situation: “Raoof Haghighi is a British artist who was born in Iran and is known for his portraiture and realism. He was born in the Iranian city of Shiraz in 1976. His father was an artist, and he began learning to paint in Iran; he is a self-taught artist.” Wikipedia is a free online encyclo

  18. I completely agree with you. To cover the fact that my boobs were rising, I messed up my posture by bending my shoulders forward. I was forced to cover up all the time because I grew up in a Muslim household. It has made me very aware of my body. I’ve wished so many times that I didn’t have those body parts that have messed up my life.

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