Grab Them By The Ballot


Whoever thought of this terrible idea is a terrible person – and I don’t even think this is a 4chan prank:

A diverse group of 10 Vermont women gathered over the weekend to create an edgy get-out-the-vote campaign urging participation in the upcoming election.
Unhappy with the direction of the country, the women of varied shapes, sizes, ages and backgrounds bared it all for an intimate, empowering photo session in Burlington, said organizer Dawn Robertson.
“How can we inspire women to vote after the Kavanaugh confirmation, the #MeToo movement and Trump?” said Robertson, a Harvard Law-educated attorney who writes about sexuality and relationships. “It’s a culmination of all those factors.”
Robertson was inspired by Massachusetts photographer Anja Schütz, who shot similar nude photos of women in the lead-up to the 2016 election, around the time the infamous “grab ’em by the pussy” Donald Trump tape was released. Both photo projects play off Trump’s crass comments. Robertson’s, which she dubbed “Grab Them by the Ballot,” features women of color, a pregnant woman, a transgender woman and a woman with disabilities.

Any story which starts with “A diverse group of 10 Vermont women gathered…” is not going to have a happy ending, but at least it makes sense – Vermont is the alternative universe where this tactic apparently makes sense to drive potential voters to cast their ballot for the Democrats. Luckily I’m not an American voter – tough that fact does not stop many others.

What is it about people thinking that getting their gear off is always a good idea – or indeed that it’s a great persuasion tool to sway the undecideds to one’s side? At least the Italian model Paola Saulino had promised oral sex to all the male voters who voted “no” in the 2016 anti-EU referendum. If that degradation of the democratic process was hard to swallow, at least we can be grateful that the Vermont Ten are not offering any voter inducements.

“There was nothing remotely sexual about it,” says Z, the participating trans woman, about the photo shoot. How right she is.