German-American photographer Anja Shütz, and a growing group of bold women, are taking an artistic stand against misogynistic comments a US Presidential nominee uttered several years ago.
The phrase in question is from a taped 2005 conversation with an entertainment show presenter in which 2016’s Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump said,
I’m automatically attracted to beautiful [women]—I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything … Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.
Even though Mr. Trump has been running his campaign on one outrageous and polarizing statement after another, the “pussy” comment is the one that really made women angry. Especially after he dismissed it as “locker room banter.” The protests continue to grow.
Ms. Shütz’s particular protest project started with a casting call on Facebook:
I’m looking to do a photoshoot around the hashtag #grabhimbytheballot. This will stylistically be much like my recent work: elegant, dignified, beautiful, but with a very specific message. It, much like the other shots I’ve been doing, will be nude, seeing as a woman’s body seems to be as political as ever, if not even more so.
A diverse range of women have answered the call, posing nude with their breasts covered by the campaign banner, and their crotches by a representation of a ballot. And while nude protest is hardly new to the world of activist artists and popular causes (FEMEM, PETA, even Katy Perry), this one seems to have a real feminist authenticity to it.
As the #GrabHimByTheBallot collection expands, you can see the latest uploads on the Anja Schütz Photography & Art Facebook page. She also has plans for an exhibition and book.