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Posted by on Mar. 4, 2013 at 9:35 PM
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I think this is SO fascinating.  I wish everyone could stop judging SO MUCH about other people because of appearance.


Prudish. Flirty. Whore. Proper. Cheeky. Slut. These are just a few of the words that could be used to describe a woman's sexual behavior based on her appearance alone, and 18-year-old college freshman Rosea Lake chose to display them starkly -- on a young woman's legs in a photo that has since gone viral. (Scroll down to see the image.)

Lake, who studies graphic design and illustration at Capilano University in Vancouver, never thought she'd become an Internet sensation when she posted her "Judgments" photo project to her Tumblr on January 5th. But something about the picture struck a chord with those who saw it, and within 24 hours the image had been re-blogged 100,000 times.

The photo, which the student took as part of an AP high school art class last year, depicts the back of her friend Ali MacKenzie's legs, Lake told The Huffington Post. Horizontal lines are drawn up her leg, reflecting various skirt lengths, and next to each line is a description. Lake labelled the longest skirt length "matronly" and the shortest "whore."

Lake got the idea for the photo from looking at graduated cylinders in her science class, she told The Huffington Post. "[I wanted to] take the idea of impersonal, supposedly objective, measurement of things and put it on something that we do measure, but we don't talk about," she said. "We measure women the same way we measure water in cylinders, but no one says it because it's mean."

Lake also expressed that working on the photo project forced her to reassess her own judgments about other women. "I used to assume that all women who wore Hijabs were being oppressed ... and look down on and judge any woman who didn’t express her sexuality in a way that I found appropriate," she wrote on her Tumblr. "I’d like to think I’m more open now."

When asked why she thought the photo resonated so deeply with so many women, Lake chalked its momentum up to timing. "It's a concise, visually-attractive articulation of what a lot of women are thinking lately," she said. "Our society is ready to talk about [slut-shaming]. This just sort of gave it a push."

LOOK: Rosea Lake's "Judgments"
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blondiemomof2
by Platinum Member on Mar. 5, 2013 at 12:40 AM
I haven't seen this yet. Thanks for posting :)
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KelliansMom
by Bronze Member on Mar. 5, 2013 at 7:16 AM
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I have seen the picture but not the article to go with it. Thank you for posting both
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littlemascara
by on Mar. 5, 2013 at 9:43 AM

I love that she was a high school senior when she did this.  I'm amazed at some of the comments I see around the web, like "girls just don't get that's what you happen when you dress they way, they deserve"... meaning everything from abusive words to rape. Unreal.

do11face
by on Mar. 5, 2013 at 11:55 AM
Disturbing. : (
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wifeynmommie80
by on Mar. 5, 2013 at 11:56 AM

haha I like this !!


mommywallflower
by on Mar. 5, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Wow, that is crazy...thanks for sharing!

jenniferlee_12
by on Mar. 5, 2013 at 1:23 PM

Interesting.

LNLMommy
by Queen K on Mar. 5, 2013 at 1:24 PM

 interesting..

sophiesmom07
by Platinum Member on Mar. 5, 2013 at 3:19 PM

Interesting.

0Glitter0
by on Mar. 5, 2013 at 5:23 PM
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this world is messed up, thanks for sharing this, people shouldn't say those things to other human beings but they do, even on here some moms i came across in some groups act that way, it is a shame

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