How Your Pussy Can Grab Back Nov. 8th

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You have definitely seen tweets, watched footage, and scrolled past Instagrams of the current American election. (if not – then how did you even find this blog??) Memes of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have covered the internet like grains of sand cover a beach – engulfing every inch and creeping into places you wish they hadn’t. This is exactly why the repercussions of Donald Trump’s comments on women reach much further than America.Screen Shot 2016-11-01 at 6.00.03 PM.png

Whether you agree with Trump’s economic policies, or are all in #ImWithHer – one thing is undeniable – Trump has made many comments about women during this American election process that are dangerously sexist. He has tweeted about the inevitability of sexual assault when men and women are placed together. He has called breastfeeding disgusting and left a room because of it. He opposes abortion rights for women and has been recorded saying it should be a “punishable” act. He has said that wives who work are a “dangerous thing”. And this is very much just the tip of the iceberg.

Over the years Donald Trump has called women: Fat. Pig. Dog. Slob. Disgusting Animal.pussygrabsback

These comments reach audiences of millions. On twitter alone, Donald Trump has over 12 million followers. Once these ideas are introduced to the world, they begin to contribute to what is considered mainstream culture. When a figure as powerful as a United States Presidential candidate says that its okay to refer to women as objects, then this starts to become “normal” or “acceptable” unless there is a counter narrative.

With the introduction of social media, anybody can contribute to the creation of mainstream, popular culture, or defining what is “normal”. In this way, social media can be empowering because it means no matter if you live in the USA and can vote on Nov. 8th, or not, you can have an impact on the social implications of Donald Trumps words. A perfect example of this is Jessica Bennett and Amanda Duarte’s recent response to the leaked interview from Trump in 2005 where he said,

“I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. When you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab ’em by the pussy. You can do anything.
screen-shot-2016-11-01-at-6-33-39-pmThis statement condones and encourages non-consensual kissing and grabbing of women – AKA sexual assault. Instead of letting this message just disseminate into popular culture, two women decided to reclaim the phrase. Jessica and Amanda turned the phrase into a feminist battle cry that highlight the power women have, the unacceptability of sexual assault, and the women’s equality movement that still has a long way to go. 

Around 60 women, led by survivors of sexual assault, held a protest in NYC on October 12th with “Pussy Grabs Back” as their slogan. People began to retweet and share the meme online, and t-shirts were even created through the Feminist Collective with proceeds going towards RAINN (an anti-sexual assault organization in the USA).

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Similarly, following the final presidential debate on October 19th, women began to reclaim the phrase “nasty woman” which Trump had called Hillary. Celebrities began wearing the phrase, thousands of people started calling themselves “nasty woman”, and #imanastywomanbecause began trending on twitter.  

screen-shot-2016-11-01-at-5-52-30-pmSome claim that this type of action does not matter – that re-tweeting something or buying a t-shirt with a message doesn’t actually affect anything. But the truth is – the dissemination of these types of comments is what creates “normal”. Whether it is one man saying that it’s okay to grab women by the pussies, or ten thousand women saying that they will fight back against sexual assault – it is words and people that create our normal. The less you add your voice to the counter-narrative on these sort of comments, the more they become acceptable. If this outlook on women is something you do not believe in, it is crucial you add your voice into the mix. Whether that be supporting a nasty woman through tossing her a like, retweeting a pussy grab back picture, writing about consent on Facebook, or attending a protest in person – if you don’t want something to become mainstream culture you have to show the world what you want instead.

“Silence is an action.” – so raise your voice and grab back. Because comments made to millions of people are not just “locker room banter”. Instead, they are what is creating our future world, our future culture, future actions, and norms. Create culture you want to see more of in the world, support movements you believe in, and stay engaged – because this affect you, me, and everyone with or without a pussy.

And remember,poppers, to see change, share change, be change. Much love xo.

PS – my new Pussy Grab Back t-shirt just came in the mail!!  This is the culture I choose to support – http://www.femalecollective.org/ 

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One thought on “How Your Pussy Can Grab Back Nov. 8th

  1. Decent, semi cringe article. Some info is (read in trump voice for next word) “wrong”. The 1992 video was actually a 2005 video. I had a good read, and as a non bias voter. Would encourage all viewers after they read this to, read into Bill Clintons proven history of sexual misconduct. Regardless of him being a candidate for office.

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