Ten leftist women, determined to give their all for the cause, posed stark naked for a series of photographs with only a ballot covering their genitals to urge people to vote for Democrats on November 6.
The series was named, in a reference to Donald Trump’s infamous “grab’em by the p***y” remark, “Grab Them By The Ballot.” Trump’s comment became public late in the 2016 election season.
The photo series was organized by Dawn Robertson, 48, who wanted women of different shapes, sexual orientations, and races to demonstrate their unified opposition to the Republican Party. Robertson said her effort was precipitated by the #MeToo allegations against various celebrities as well as what she termed the GOP’s attack on women’s reproductive rights and transgender people’s rights.
Robertson, a Harvard Law graduate who writes about sexuality and relationships, according to The Daily Mail, said: “With the Kavanaugh nomination and MeToo and Trump, women are rising everywhere. What the Republicans are doing to transgender rights, the way they are attacking women’s reproductive rights and the collective trauma means that women are really coming to the forefront now. I hope that the pictures encourage women and marginalized communities to vote. I want them to know that their voice matters and this is serious s***.”
Robertson acknowledged her debt to photographer Anja Shutz for her 2016 series of nude photographs, similarly titled “Grab Him By The Ballot,” where a series of woman also posed nude with ballots to cover them. Robertson added, “The difference is we are saying it’s not just Trump, it’s Kavanaugh and all the alleged abusers who have been exposed by the Me Too movement.”
Robertson explained how intent she was on getting the job done; she looked for models on social media and even at her grocery. She continued, “I pounded the pavement the night before the shoot because a woman had cancelled. I went up to a woman in a market and asked her to pose for me and she said yes. People in real life were actually far more receptive to the idea than communities online.”
Robertson claimed there were those who were angry at her for her effort: “I faced a lot of backlash when I tried to recruit a diverse group of women. I was told I was objectifying women, that nudity equals promiscuity and even that I was playing the part of a white savior. But I don’t think that the pictures oversexualise the women.”
Robertson concluded, “Nudity is fine, being naked is a natural expression. Men have sexualized and monetized women’s bodies but these pictures give the power back to the woman.”
Gina Carerra, 56, a Latina artist who participated in the photo shoot, said, “I identify as Latina although I am blended with Egyptian, indigenous and Italian as well. I think these times merit that everybody gets out and votes. This is a time when millions of marginalized people, disabled, elderly, people of color and indigenous women are all being negatively affected by this current regime.”
BREAKING NEWS: Democrat-supporting women strip off for photo shoot called 'Grab Them By The Ballot' in an attempt to persuade people to vote against Republicans. They're hoping the images will encourage people to vote on November 6. pic.twitter.com/ydZw1KVdHe
— Dave Vescio (@DaveVescio) November 1, 2018