These Beautiful Drawings Showcase How We Stereotype The Female Gender


Artistic expression offers us the unique opportunity to make a statement that goes beyond the limitations of verbal communication. While these statements (and, of course, their interpretation) are subjective, they often yield messages potently relevant to today’s social and/or political climate.

Brazilian artist Carol Rossetti’s work does just that. In her series of elegant colour-pencil illustrations titled “Women“, Rossetti uses her artistic voice to raise awareness of the prejudices and stereotypes towards women that are rooted intrinsically throughout cultures all over the world.

As Rossetti explains, the series is part of an ongoing project, launched last May, that came out of a desire to counteract the world’s need to control women’s bodies, behaviours and identities.

This control is such a deep part of our culture that we hardly ever realize how cruel it is and how it restricts our personal choices,” Rossetti stated on her website.

But Rossetti’s advocacy isn’t just exclusive to women, she explains. The same inequality can be seen in many minority groups.

I don’t believe it’s enough to discuss exclusively the issues that affect a specific group of women. We also need to talk about racism, homophobia, transphobia, classicism, xenophobia and ableism. The fight for equality and respect is very wide and should be inclusive.”

Rossetti also stresses that her drawings aren’t specifically targeted towards women either. In fact, she openly invites men to identify with her message as well,

The decision to draw only women was partly motivated by a personal identification. But on the other hand, I find it interesting to awaken in men the chance to identify with female characters. I remember that when I was a kid it was common that the  movies / books / animations starring female characters were seen as “for girls”, while stories with male characters were “for everyone”. The fact that my protagonists are women does not make this project just “for girls“.

For information regarding Rossetti’s project and more, check out her website HERE.


‘Women’, By Carol Rossetti































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5 thoughts on “These Beautiful Drawings Showcase How We Stereotype The Female Gender

  1. I like this website but posts like this just draw humanity farther from equality. Men are discriminated against all the time and not only do people never even acknowledge it, they’re usually ridiculed when it’s brought up.

    • Do you mean things have to remain the same for women? Do you mean women have to take up the cudgels for men? Or is it maybe a good idea for men to speak for themselves and let women have their own path. Like mentioned many times above in the samples.

  2. Pictured very well. There are so many examples. I myself always bothered about homosexuals, the opposite way. The ones I know always stated their sexual ‘secret’ in no time. And I always wondered why that would be important. I don’t start with a confession to my new friends telling them I’m hetero. That’s non of anybody’s business.
    Well done. Thank you.

  3. I loved these images and insights. Naming the beliefs that are limiting and suppressing us is enlightening. We can’t change what we don’t recognize. Here I am referring to “change” in our level of awareness.and also in our love of self. Thank you for opening this conversation.

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