On October 19th, at the third and final presidential debate, Donald Trump out-Trumped himself with his most inane insult yet. As democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, answered a question about social security, Trump interrupted her with the random statement, “Such a nasty woman.” While Trump’s comment was meant to put Clinton in a negative light, it in fact backfired on the Republican nominee. Within moments of the debate’s end, the internet lit up with the trending #IAmANastyWoman, a statement that flipped the insult on its head by equating the term “nasty” with female empowerment. Within hours of the debate, streaming of Janet Jackson’s girl power anthem “Nasty” went up 250%, “Nasty Woman” merchandise was born, and a staunch Clinton supporter even bought the domain nastywomengetshitdone.com which now redirects to the former secretary of state’s official website.
Fast-track to today; it’s a week away from one of the most volatile elections in the history of American democracy and the effects of “nasty woman” and other Trumpisms are serving to unite women, not only against Trump but against systemized misogyny in general. Women are voicing their opinions online in a force not felt before and whether you are a third wave, intersectional, reluctant or radical feminist, anyone who even slightly believes in women’s rights can agree: Trump’s gotta go.
Get inspired to voice your political opinion, check out just a few of the numerous examples of women taking a stand against Trump and get to the polls on November 8th!
Michelle Obama has continually been one of the most concise and classy anti-Trump advocates that Washington can offer, for months she has delivered well-spoken anti-Trump speeches without ever mentioning his actual name.
In all of its illustrious history, Vogue Magazine has never before endorsed a political candidate, until now. Earlier this month the publication released an article stating, “Given the profound stakes of this election, and the history that stands to be made, we feel that should change. Vogue endorses Hillary Clinton for president of the United States.”
Legendary feminist artist, Barbara Kruger, also used a magazine to make her opinion heard. She created this cover for the latest issue of New York Magazine.
Brick x Brick
On October 23rd a large crowd of NYC women (including Untitled Space artist, Sophia Wallace) gathered together for the Brick x Brick protest. Dressed in jumpsuits emblazoned with bricks they made a wall in front of the Trump International Hotel in order to make a physical stand of solidarity against Trump and to promote the 2016 women’s vote.
Wall of Tacos
In Las Vegas, people also created a wall at a Trump hotel. This time around, the barrier (which was organized by Culinary Union, along with Latino Victory Project, United Here, American Bridge, Center for Community Change Action, For Our Future, PLAN Action and the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles Action Fund) was made of taco trucks and protestors. The crowd contained men and women but one group of women especially stood out. They wore red sashes that read “Miss Housekeeping” in reference to what the republican nominee once called Venezuelan-born former Miss Universe, Alicia Machado.
Katy Perry has been outspoken during the duration of the presidential campaign but she stepped things up a notch. Last week (while rocking a “nasty woman” shirt) she canvassed the University of Nevada, going door-to-door in dormitories to urge people to vote.
-Jasmine Williams for The Untitled Magazine