"Our bodies are ours."


​Inspired by a 2016 photoshoot responding to President Donald Trump's infamous "grab 'em by the pussy" comments, 10 women stripped down over the weekend in an attempt to energize anti-Trump sentiment at the ballot box.


They've dubbed their initiative, "Grab Them by the Ballot."


Ahead of November midterm elections, the "diverse" group of female Vermonters came together for an "empowering" photo session, ​reported Vermont outlet Seven Days.


“How can we inspire women to vote after the Kavanaugh confirmation, the #MeToo movement and Trump?” the group's organizer, Dawn Robertson, told Seven Days.

Z, a 28-year-old transgender woman who took part in the project, told Seven Days she wanted to "bring awareness to the existence of trans people and the variety in our bodies." 


The Trump administration has recently come under fire from the LGBTQ community for ​a proposal that could narrowly define gender as biological, a move seen by many as damaging to current and future protections for trans individuals.

More broadly, the president's critics have long ​accused him of holding misogynistic attitudes toward women and ​favoring regressive policies that adversely affect women and oppressed groups.


In a mission statement posted to Facebook, "Grab Them by the Ballot" trumpeted the group's commitment to "vulnerable artistic expression to protect all women’s right to choose" and condemned "the collective sexual and emotional abuse and trauma endemic in our society."

The women involved in the initiative expressed their desire to pull off the tricky balancing act of resisting the objectification of their sexuality while avoiding shying away from it. "Our bodies are ours..in all their beautifully unique and natural forms. We are reclaiming the over-sexualization of our bodies while celebrating our own sexuality," the group said. 


"Please note, there were no touches up on these photos..we feel empowered to show up just as we are!"


Cover image: "Grab Them By the Ballot" participant Tara Beach poses for a photo shared to social media on October 31, 2018. (Screenshot from Facebook.)