After the Presidential Election and Donald Trump’s win, many women in America felt as though they had been betrayed. Donald Trump has not only been an openly sexist, misogynistic, and horrible human for years but, other women had voted him into office knowing all of these things. It makes some of us feel as though women don’t feel as though we’re important enough to support and, that makes me angry. It makes other women angry, as well. Like, Aria Watson, a freshman at Clatsop Community College. Watson may be from a small coastal town in Oregon, but her voice is loud enough to shake the country. Her recent art project has gone viral around the world because of its powerful message. Although it’s NSFW, the project titled “#SignedByTrump” is something all women, and all Americans should see.
For her “Introduction to Photography” class, Watson photographed nude women in their most natural state with Donald Trump’s worst and most sexist remarks against women painted across their bodies.
Watson told MarieClaire.com:
“Like many other Americans, at first I thought the campaign was a joke. I couldn’t believe [Trump] was running for president! I don’t think anyone knew he was going to win.”
Watson had begun the photo series before Trump won the election, but after his win, she decided it was important to continue and have her voice (and many other women’s voices) heard.
“As a proud feminist, hearing Trump say ‘grab them by the pussy’ and talk about how he could do anything he wanted made me absolutely sick. Women are not objects. The fact that he has said this, and other things like this, but still won is what scares me. I’m afraid that words, and even actions, like this will become a social norm.”
People on Twitter have shown immense support for this project, sharing the photos, articles featuring them online, and the hashtag Watson created.
“Over the past few days, I’ve gotten messages that have brought me to tears. To everyone who has supported me and “#SignedByTrump," don’t let anyone silence you. Don’t be afraid to speak up about what you are passionate about.”https://t.co/5Eu34rQFji— -`, aivan ,`- (@bibiboicalonia) December 14, 2017
#HoldTrumpAccountableDay— Porpentina (Tina)?? (@porpentina2017) December 11, 2017
I call for all of the @HouseGOP & @SenateGOP to hold ethics hearings on his actions
You cannot take the moral high ground on sexual predators while allowing one to remain in the White House!
You must believe them all!
*MEME by @AriarWatson#SignedByTrump pic.twitter.com/Os4kMsMJ21
"Brava @AriaRWatson, this is a powerful project. From one artist to another, please keep impacting the world!" #SignedByTrump— FidelsWanderingEye (@FidelisMaximus) November 26, 2017
PS. As far as the search for more diverse, over-18 models, I'm sure your exposure will help you to fulfill that wish. ??https://t.co/qYWWSRtZw2 pic.twitter.com/QpawLHdTvH
#SignedByTrump by the amazingly talented @AriarWatson is both gut wrenching &empowering all at the same time. thank you @tumblr for keeping these pics up when @facebook @instagram didn’t want to show what bravery is. ps @BuzzFeed the most safe #nsfw photos https://t.co/hudPAPo8ZL— Sammy Golis (@samwhit___) December 14, 2017
This amazing work of art goes to show everyone that your voice should never be silenced, especially in troubling times like these in America. Watson is a great example for not only young women but also all young adults to realize there are ways to get your point across in rewarding and positive ways, and hopefully, will bring forth the change we so desperately need in society right now.