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#BriefMessage project takes on violence against women (PHOTOS)

Rebecca Bracken is a news and views writer.






#BriefMessage project gets women to write messages on their panties

To honor International Women's Day, artist aleXsandro Palombo created #BriefMessage, a performance in which women express their views on violence against women by writing messages on their panties. The results are powerful and compelling.

Panties are so personal and intimate. They're just something we usually wad up tight and stuff to the bottom of the clothes hamper.

#BriefMessage project gets women to write messages on their panties

Image: aleXsandro Palombo

Much like the way society often treats issues of domestic violence, rape and other acts of violence against women.

#BriefMessage project gets women to write messages on their panties

Image: aleXsandro Palombo

Now they're being used as a symbol of strength, and the images are surprisingly intense and personal.

#BriefMessage project gets women to write messages on their panties

Image: aleXsandro Palombo

And the message is being heard loud and clear across the world in honor of International Women's Day.

#BriefMessage project gets women to write messages on their panties

Image: aleXsandro Palombo

Some of the messages are about women owning their own strength and power.

#BriefMessage project gets women to write messages on their panties

Image: aleXsandro Palombo

Others reject the idea that women are defined completely by what's between their legs.

#BriefMessage project gets women to write messages on their panties

Image: aleXsandro Palombo

Some women who participated in the project, which was originally held as a performance art event, used the opportunity to talk about how they plan to raise their sons to reject violence against women.

#BriefMessage project gets women to write messages on their panties

Image: aleXsandro Palombo

And to talk about how a woman can love a man without letting him own and control her.

#BriefMessage project gets women to write messages on their panties

Image: aleXsandro Palombo

Other women took the opportunity to be more direct.

#BriefMessage project gets women to write messages on their panties

Image: aleXsandro Palombo

Violence is an expression of weakness was a common theme.

#BriefMessage project gets women to write messages on their panties

Image: aleXsandro Palombo

It was also a good opportunity for women to show they are anything but weak.

#BriefMessage project gets women to write messages on their panties

Image: aleXsandro Palombo

And these women are ready to be heard.

#BriefMessage project gets women to write messages on their panties

Image: aleXsandro Palombo

Stand with these women in celebration of International Women's Day, and share your own #BriefMessage on social media. It's a powerful idea to help us all own what's underneath those underpants and to stand up for our sisters.

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