Ten women from Vermont – representing a variety of shapes, sizes and ages – posed nude for a “Grab Them By The Ballot” photo shoot aimed at drumming up votes for Democrats. The title is a play on President Donald Trump’s “grab them by the p****” comment that resurfaced during the 2016 presidential election.
The photos are also a nod to the #MeToo movement, organizers said.
In one of the photos published across social media, the women are shown wearing nothing but a paper ballot covering their private parts. Some people called the collection of photos "gross" and "disgusting" on the group's Facebook page.
What was the idea?
“With the #Metoo and #Wetoo movements and recent confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh there is much at stake in the upcoming elections,” the group indicated in its mission statement.
“We are here to show the country these recent events have served to strengthen our resolve to bring about change within the system through exercising our right to vote. We aim to encourage voter turnout in the upcoming November elections,” it stated.
The photoshoot was organized by Harvard Law-educated attorney Dawn Robertson, according to the Sun.
“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,” Robertson told the news outlet.
“I hope that the pictures encourage women and marginalized communities to vote. I want them to know that their voice matters,” she added.
The photos feature a transgender woman known simply as the initial “Z.”
She claims Republicans have inflicted suffering in the transgender community.
“Donald Trump's administration is aggressively trying to define transgender, intersex, and gender non-conforming people out of existence,” she stated in a Daily Mail article.
“I'm optimistic that this photoshoot will serve as a starting point for more women to claim their bodies,” she added.
The message comes as the Trump administration recent announced it will consider rolling back Obama-era protections for transgender individuals. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is researching how to establish a legal definition of gender under Title IX as biological and determined by genitalia at birth. If the changes go through, approximately 1.5 million transgender Americans could lose certain legal protections.
The midterm elections take place Tuesday.