If the US presidential election of 2016 taught us anything, it’s that misogyny is still rife.
And the proof is in the pudding: America opted for Donald Trump as its president over one of the most experienced and, according to Barack Obama, the most-qualified candidates ever, Hillary Rodham Clinton.
As the first female US presidential candidate for a major party, many women watched Hillary Clinton’s presidential run with high hopes, only to witness a horror show of sexism unfold. Think Trump’s numerical ratings of women’s bodies; when he said Clinton couldn’t “satisfy” in possible reference to her husband Bill’s affair; and when he took to Twitter to call well-respected journalist Megan Kelly a “bimbo” after she successfully grilled him on live TV; the ‘pussy grabbing’.
And, at least consistent in demeaning women, he labelled Clinton a “nasty woman”, muttering into his mic during the final moments of the third presidential debate.
Which is why a fundraising art collective has named its exhibition Nasty Women, and is raising money for End Violence Against Women – a collaborative effort of researchers, activists, survivors and NGOs who work together to end all forms of violence against women.
Started by Roxanne Jackson and Jessamyn Fiore, the exhibition originated in New York City and raised $35,000 (£25,805) for Planned Parenthood in one night.
And now it’s coming to London. Located in Stour Space in Hackney Wick, the exhibition will showcase work by 41 female artists, and everything will be sold for between £5 to £100. It will also include comedy, music, art performance and ticketed discussion events.
“Here in the UK, we too have seen countless examples of sexism and bigotry. From the ‘Legs-it’ tabloid headline following Brexit talks between Theresa May and Nicola Sturgeon to bosses forcing female staff to wear high heels to work or the Conservative government partnering up with the anti-abortion, anti-LGBTQ DUP party, hatred and intolerance have been on the rise and civil rights that generations of men and women have campaigned for are being threatened,” Kasia Uscinsk, a producer and co-director of the event, told Metro.
“This is a time to stand up and be counted, to speak out against intolerance in all its forms and to amplify the voices of those that go unheard. This is the time to proclaim that you too are a ‘Nasty Woman’ and create powerful, positive identities.”