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Woman Uses Art To Demonstrate What Types Of Men Are Toxic (10 Pics)
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Woman Uses Art To Demonstrate What Types Of Men Are Toxic (10 Pics)

Nothing gets the point across like a good slideshow. And Nicole Tersigni is creating the ultimate one. The comedy writer pairs classical fine art with modern captions, producing timeless pictures that expose the deep roots of mansplaining. She calls it ‘Men to Avoid in Art and Life’.

“I was fed up with the way men regularly explain my own jokes to me, so I decided to make a quick joke about it,” Tersigni told Bored Panda. “I did an image search for ‘woman surrounded by men’ because that’s how that moment feels sometimes, and one of the results was a beautiful painting of a woman holding her bare boob with men crowded around her. I paired it with the caption ‘maybe if I take my tit out, they’ll stop explaining my own joke to me.’ And it eventually turned into a thread with similar classic paintings and modern captions, and people really connected with it.”

Eventually, the thread went viral and literary agent Rachel Sussman contacted Tersigni to ask if she would be interested in making it into a book. She was!

The book went on sale on August 10th and due to an article in The New York Times which called it “razor-sharp”, it sold out its first printing within 48 hours.

More info: Amazon | Chronicle BooksInstagram | Twitter

Nicole Tersigni pairs classical fine art with modern captions to show just how condescending men can be

Image credits: Nicole Tersigni

The series called ‘Men to Avoid in Art and Life’ has become so popular, it even got its own book

Image credits: Nicole Tersigni

The hilarious situations include men sharing keen insight on the female anatomy and offering advice about horseback riding to women who actually own the horses they’re on

Image credits: Nicole Tersigni

Everything starts with the visuals. “The paintings come first, and I write the joke around them,” Tersigni explained. “I think the funniest jokes take details from what’s happening in the painting, so I like to start there and see what I think is happening based on their faces or the scenery.”

Image credits: Nicole Tersigni

The writer looks for any paintings that have at least one man and one woman, where you can see their expressions. “You’d be surprised at how many classic paintings have women directing blank looks at men.”

She then works a joke around them. “Occasionally, I’ll have a vague idea for a joke and I’ll scroll through all my art until I find a painting that could work for it, but usually it’s the other way around.”

Image credits: Nicole Tersigni

“I’ve spent many, many hours scrolling through art databases and saving any pieces that could potentially work in a huge file on my desktop called ‘Paintings’ because I’m very good at using computers.”

Image credits: Nicole Tersigni

Tersigni is really grateful for the overwhelmingly positive feedback she has gotten since the book was released. “I’ve had so many people sharing their own stories and experiences with me, and telling me how thankful they are for the book.”

“It’s nice to be able to laugh together about something that’s normally very frustrating.”

Image credits: Nicole Tersigni

Image credits: Nicole Tersigni

Image credits: Nicole Tersigni

Image credits: Nicole Tersigni

Image credits: Nicole Tersigni

Image credits: Nicole Tersigni

People are absolutely loving the series

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Samantha Lomb
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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Helen Haley
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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tuzdayschild
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The first time a man told me to smile to be prettier, I didn't know it was a thing. I only knew it bothered me. If you don't like my face the way it is, then don't look at me.

L Venn
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The trick is to give him the most demented smile you can muster. Perhaps he'll think twice before he does it again...

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Samantha Lomb
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I have a PhD in Soviet history. I felt that "wikipedia article I perused" one in my soul. Its basically a daily occurrence on social media at this point.

Samantha Lomb
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Oh and Dan Marsh, thanks fr proving my point. The USSR is not "coterminous with the Russian Empire" as at one point the Russian Empire also included places like Alaska and California. Its also a completely different style of governance and until the beginning of WWII did not include the Baltic countries, much of Western Ukraine or Belarus, which had been given to Poland and the USSR NEVER included Finland which the Russian Empire had ruled. But thanks for proving my point by expressing skepticism at my study of something you think is the exact same as Russia because you perused wikipedia.

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Helen Haley
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Maybe the title of the article shouldn't have read 'Mom uses classical paintings...'. Especially given the content. 'Writer uses classical paintings....' seems more appropriate since her being a mom has nothing to do with it. Identifying someone by their status or title in relation to someone else is demeaning. Especially when it has nothing to do with anything immediately relevant.

tuzdayschild
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The first time a man told me to smile to be prettier, I didn't know it was a thing. I only knew it bothered me. If you don't like my face the way it is, then don't look at me.

L Venn
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The trick is to give him the most demented smile you can muster. Perhaps he'll think twice before he does it again...

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