There are so many different kinds of artist and while some focus on creating beauty, others want to make a difference.

Carol Rossetti is a 30-year-old artist from Brazil who has been drawing illustrations about strong women and their struggles for over four years.

"I started drawing when I was a very young child," Carol told Bored Panda. "But, then again, I guess all kids like to draw. I did develop other artistic interests as I grew up, like acting and sculpting, but they really didn't work that much, so I kept on drawing."

"I started working with illustration a couple of years after college. I created a page on Facebook to post a drawing every day, as a way for me to build up a portfolio and get better at drawing. Only my mom and a few friends followed my page back then, of course... But then came the Women project."

This project went viral, and we even wrote about it in 2014. "Through the Women project, I wanted to start a dialogue about feminism with people from outside of the activist movements. The messages in those illustrations are clear, easy to read and somehow comforting - but also very fast and very short. It's not aimed at people who are already familiar with the concepts of body positivity, freedom of choice, LGBTQI pride, intersectionality, social equality and human rights. I mean, these people are always welcome to feel comforted and represented as well. But I wanted to start talking about feminism with my aunt, my grandmother, my mother, the women in my life who were scared of the word "feminism". So it's more like a call for a debate, an invitation to talk about how sexism affects our lives every day."

"The first characters were based on people I knew (or, at least, the stories, cause the character design were mostly fictional), but soon women from all over the world started sending me their stories and experiences, so the project got wider and more interesting."

When asked what's the best part about drawing, Carol said: "I believe the best part is to learn so much and know that my work has touched some people so deeply. I never imagine it would happen." And what's the worst? "The worst part... well, I wouldn't call it "worst" since there's only one bad side to all of it. When we talk about feminism and human rights in general, you can bet you'll also get angry, aggressive backlash from conservatives. It's something we learn how to deal with, but I can't say it doesn't hurt. It does. Luckily, the love I got has always been greater than the hate."

Scroll down to see some of the amazing illustrations by Carol Rossetti and check out the links below to see even more.

More info: carolrossetti.com.br | Facebook | carolrossettidesign.tumblr.com | Instagram | kickstarter.com

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

I like TINA! We need more TINAs in the world!

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Shelly Pain
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

When I came home and told my mother I'd been pulled on to the lap of a neighbor man and french kissed her reply was, "Poor Joan Smith." That's the guy's wife. Seems he put her through hell. Too bad I was too young to say, "Yeah, but what about me?"

BusLady
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

For him, it was just a moment in his life. For you, it's a lifetime trauma.

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Biljana Malesevic
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I was badly harassed by boys from my own class at age of 12 and 13. When I complained, teachers just said "well, boys are like that" and just shrugged it off. I felt really worthless and humiliated for long time. It took time and effort to accept it was not my fault. We should protect young girls even if it was from their own classmates. Teenagers can be guilty of harassment too.

BusLady
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And the adults should have enough sense to protect kids from this sort of thing.

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Caroline Espenschied
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Also, it's not HER job to protect HIS family. That's HIS job, and he ruined it by harrassing her. Should have thought about it beforehand.

Mimis Nachbarin
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The only way to deal with harasment.

Patricia Ross
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ok, just let me work this out...the university thinks his family is her responsibility!?!

Freya the Wanderer
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

When people say "grow a pair," I want to remind them that women have "a pair" - except our pair is higher up on the anatomy. And larger.

Ellis
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

When a classmate assaulted me I went straight to the police to report it. High school sent five different teachers to talk me out of it (two of whom actually did the opposite, they encouraged me instead) and even the dean got involved. I never backed down and got the guy in front of a judge - twice. Regets? NONE! Proud? Absolutely! Satisfaction? 100%! Would I enourage anyone else todo the same? HELL FUCKING YES!!!

BusLady
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's so easy to gaslight someone in this situation, even to the point of blaming the victim for the abuse or harassment. Tina didn't allow that to happen. She had the courage that a lot of victims don't have.

Jesse Musil
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

almost sounds like what the girl in china (forget her name) is going through. they locked her in a hotel. the police, the school and all involved are trying to sweep it under the rug like nothing has happened. things like this should not happen or be allowed. women and in some cases men should never have to deal with being swept under the rug like dust..

Whatevers not taken
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

There was no Lack of Support. They still went through with it which is awesome. Fuck that guy.

phil blanque
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

YES! Report it.....It is a CRIME!!!!

Linda Wowk
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yes, you go girl......so proud of you on how stood up for yourself in matter...........Teachers of today are sure not like the nice or crabby ones we had as children by in my generation...................

DotC
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Be Tina. Support Tina.

Devin Ryan
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Assuming Tina was just in her complaint. A false accusal can be just as damaging as the real think. The University has the right of it here.

Full Name
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yup. If it's actual, legit abuse then crucify him but be very sure it's the real deal before you do. Sexual misconduct from a teacher is an instant career/life ruiner (and for good reason) but unfortunately false accusations aren't equally punished.

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Tobias Meiner
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

There is no need for anyone to be concerned with the well-being of the offender or his/her family. Everyone is responsible for one's actions. The sooner people learn this, the better it will be for everyone. And some people are so stupid, they need to learn it hard way.

Mont
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is rare. But good. If actual harassment is happening, you should report it no matter what.

Hugo Raible
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I was harassed by a woman during a regular table. Complaint on a blog, was asked by the organizers to remove it, because it shines a bad light on the regular table.

Devin Ryan
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The university has the right of it here. A false accusal can be just as damaging as the real thing. I sure hope Tina knows what she is doing.

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The drawing doesn't match with the text. Tina is obviously a lesbian (pink hairs, tatoos, tribal ear hole) and no man can harass her except a female teacher. But it's impossible women are love, integrity, peace on earth......little rabbit....butterfly....unicorn...

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diane a
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

breasts along with teats on dogs, cats and udders on cows, sheep and goats are for feeding babies, it is all in the warped eye of the beholder. Feeding a baby is sexual?????

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diane a
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I worked in a place where all residents of different ages were confined to wheelchairs.They were amazingly resiliant (one guy had been wheelchair-bound for over 50 years (Japanese POW camp). If they had the use of 1 hand - or even 1 finger they had freedom

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Monika Soffronow
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Since I am a standard hetero I have a hard time "understanding" homosexuality - but then again, I have a hard time to understand what it is to be Chinese, or brown-eyed, or six feet tall, you know, all of these attributes we simply are because we were born that way. Live and let live, love and let love. And no, ignorant shepherds 1500 or 2000 or 3000 years ago did NOT know better.

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Mimis Nachbarin
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That's true. Love yourself and you will be loved. For who you are and for how you look: because (thanks to the beautiful diversity of mother nature) there are lovers for all kind of bodytypes.

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Janine B.
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Here in Germany beaches usually have parts where everyone can go fully naked. Nothing sexual, just natural. It's so good to feel free in any shape and no one stares or even cares.

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Jade Lynn
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

A lot of my friends were surprised that I had been abused as I hid it quite well. You never know what is going on in someone's private life when you're not around. Some people learn how to hide abuse and trauma because it's the only way for them to keep going and pushing their way through life.

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Agnes Jekyll
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

People do not know how to deal with grief--sometimes they say horrible things that only make it worse. I think we need a book or manual for what to say--it would help a lot.

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Agnes Jekyll
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

cellulite was never anything to be embarrassed about before advertising companies made it so--everyone has it. There's no reason to be ashamed

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Rich Auntie Skeleton
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Me and my boyfriend get funny looks when we go out, yeah he's white. I don't get it.

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ZombieGirl5591
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Honestly, people need to start adopting more. There are too many kids in this world without homes! I wish more than anything in this world that I could adopt!

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Magpie
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Oh god yes. Divorce was the best thing my parents ever did as parents. Getting the abuser our of the house was just brilliant for us kids.

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diane a
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

i never thought of it like that - do men really have freckle fetishes? Pale skin with freckles looks nice - think it is sometimes due to Irish anscestry

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Darryl Kerrigan
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Tall women are great! More 6ft plus women please!

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diane a
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My sister-in-law solved that issue - she married a guy with the same surname

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Kathy Baylis
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

First, it's child sexual abuse and torture. Period. Second, since its intention is to make sex less pleasurable for women so they won't cheat on their husbands, an idea obviously thought up by a man, it's domestic sexual abuse that extends to when the little girl grows up. There's just no cultural justification for it. If the Hindus could abolish the practice of suttee (widow immolates herself on husband's funeral pyre), then FGM, which is not required by any religion btw, should also be abolished.

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Daria B
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4 years ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This kind of extra short hair can look stunningly feminine. Even a bald head can, if you know how to style yourself.

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Monika Soffronow
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Any negative comment about your appearance is simply bullying unless you asked for that person's opinion.

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Magpie
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Any one who defines a woman by her breasts is weird anyway. Facing cancer is scary. Wishing her best of health!

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Jagarundi
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I actually had corrective surgery for this condition. The "lazy eye" was distorting my vision and giving me headaches among other issues. Being bullied for this was no picnic either.

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Naima Ivansdóttir
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

i remember i was so embarassed by acne when i was a teenager! of course the problem is almost gone now but it still can happen sometimes. i wish my teenager me was able to give half the heck i'm giving now - that would have made it sooo much easier :D

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Naima Ivansdóttir
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

hahahah this is so me! i've been sporting blue hair for 20 years and counting, and some people seem to never get tired of asking me that question! :D

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IWishIWasBob
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I’m taller than my hubby and we just don’t care :)

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Alusair Alustriel
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I know men who will call their women incomplete even though they have all body parts. Toxic relationships should be ended ASAP, but I know from first hand how difficult it can be. Stay strong and believe in yourself, because you are NOT worthless and stupid and nothing without your man. If he tells you that, then HE is NOTHING.

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Caroline Espenschied
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And why should she smile if she doesn't feel like it ? To make other people comfortable ? Why should she ?

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Random Panda
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

How can you say that to a person who has had to hide something so fundamental about herself her whole life?

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Jagarundi
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I didn't shave my legs for "quite" a long while. I answered the door for a deputy while I was wearing shorts, and very furry, I thought he was going to gag!

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Sarah Miranowicz
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm bisexual, so that means I can't be friends with anyone. There is only prey.

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Daria B
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This one, I so agree with this. Also, sex tapes. Any time a sex tape leaks out, all the public shame is put on the woman? Why? She wasn't alone in this. Also, why should she be ashamed of having a good time? It's so stupid and illogical.

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Lara L.
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4 years ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I am for unisex toilets everywhere :) then men can wait in line too in a bar ;) and then sarah wouldn't have to make this experience

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Magpie
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is really hard. Congratulations to her in her recovery. And I hope she gets good kind and respectful people around her.

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PyroarRanger
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I honestly don't understand this middle school dress code with it saying "oh it'll distract the boys/girls" and I'm like "what."

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Daria B
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4 years ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Additionally, contraception medication can treat hormone related disorders, so.... But still it's none of anyone's business why you take them.

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Night Owl
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

In the meantime it's become officially a sport as of last year and wants to become olympic - https://www.bbc.com/sport/41652997

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Alusair Alustriel
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Good that some believed onyl that she won't be happy. In most cases those "some" would believe she either was lying, or that she provoked or w/e else.

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Master Markus
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm shocked that there are even gay people who judge people for bi/pansexuality. I understand if you don't "get" it but there's nothing wrong with it!

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Alusair Alustriel
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Haveing sex is just one of the aspects of love. It's not like love = sex. Nor that sex = love on that matter...

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

OOH! That's a big one I don't hear talked about enough. I totally agree though, in the same line as circumcision or FGM you shouldn't change someone physically if they can't / don't consent to it. (Unless of course, there's an actual medical issue with leaving things as-is)

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