We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller. We say to girls, ‘You can have ambition, but not too much. You should aim to be successful, but not too successful. Otherwise you will threaten the man.’ Because I am female, I am expected to aspire to marriage. I am expected to make my life choices always keeping in mind that marriage is the most important. Now marriage can be a source of joy and love and mutual support. But why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage and we don’t teach boys the same? We raise girls to see each other as competitors – not for jobs or for accomplishments, which I think can be a good thing, but for the attention of men. We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings in the way that boys are.(x)
I THINK I AM ALLOWED TO BE AS PROUD AND OBNOXIOUS ABOUT MY SELF ESTEEM AS I WANT BECAUSE I BUILT THAT SHIT UP FROM THE GROUND
Claudine O’Sullivan is an Irish Illustrator based in London. Favouring traditional techniques, her style is an expressive balance of realistic form and abstract colour.
Claudine’s portfolio covers a wide range including serious and socially engaged campaign projects, fashion editorials, exhibitions and colourful print work.
Clients include: MTV, WeTransfer, Derwent Pencils, Lomography, DASH magazine, Berlin Quarterly, Sanoma NL, BlaBla Music, Print Club London, KK Outlet, Squint Limited and Phoenix Magazine.
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