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Apr 21, 2012, 11:08:56 PM
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- DESOLATE - by Vera-Chimera - DESOLATE - by Vera-Chimera
Got bored. This was the end result.

Subjective idea: what inspired me to create this was a book I've been obsessing about called "Murder In The Name of Honour" by Ranna Husseini. It describes a horrific and uphill battle against so-called honour killings, and how backwards many countries are in terms of women's rights, dividing religion from culture, and lack of care for the voiceless.

Women in certain regions- from Jordan to India- are looked down upon, and their virginity ultimately defies them as either an "honourable object" or "deflowered scum". Even being gang-raped or molested by their father is seen solely as the woman's fault, and she's often punished by being stoned to death or assassinated.

Little work has been done to raise awareness and make change. Many problems in the world need to be resolved- this is one of them.
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skarrwar Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
really really really awesome and Beautiful pic:) is amazing=D
Shaakespeare Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
This is perfect art. <3
nohlja Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Student Writer
This has such a poignant and moving element! The coloration and expression are perfect, along with how the material seems to float off the edge of the photo.
NiennatheWise Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
Breathtakingly poignant and beautiful!
Armageist Featured By Owner May 1, 2012
Kudos to you for bringing attention to this.

Some of the worst pictures I've seen are the women who were lit ablaze or had battery acid thrown at them in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

There are no words to describe the suffering they have to endure.
Vera-Chimera Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
The horror stories I've read go on and on, and sadly, most of these heartless murders are covered up as accidents or suicides. It's usually the youngest man of the family who is appointed with this dreaded task, and all murderers are classed as "heroes", often praised in prison [where they have a ridiculously short sentence] by other morons in their league.
TransformerLlama Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Crazy, my English class talked about honour killings a few days ago! This captures the feeling so well with the defensive, innocent pose and the daunting colour. It's just beautiful! And lovely of you to raise awareness :]
Vera-Chimera Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'm so glad to hear it's been spoken about in classes! The next generation really do hold the "fate" of the future. I hope so-called honour killings become part of the past, although I know it's gonna be a long and daunting road. Thankyou!
TransformerLlama Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, things like that take quite a long time and will probably be difficult to achieve peacefully, but I'm sure eventually it'll happen and anything helps as long as people are doing something.
As a side note, I really like the Arabic touch to the makeup with the eyeliner continuing to the inner corner of the eye, all the minute details of this photo really make it stunning!
jankware Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful portrait, the model is sweet and stunning. The black and white color with crisp detail in the woman's wrap is a very nice touch.
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