One of the first executive orders that Donald Trump signed in his first few days as President was a bill that would remove federal funding from organizations abroad if they not only performed abortions or even talked to expecting mothers about it.
Here’s President Trump signing an executive order that endangers millions of women around the world. Notice anyone missing? pic.twitter.com/aPA84530m5
— Chirlane McCray (@NYCFirstLady) January 23, 2017
Many people noticed that there was a startling omission from Trump’s photo-op with the bill that would have life-changing impacts on women all over the world: there wasn’t a single woman in the photo.
Nothing quite like men deciding what women can do with their bodies.
— Julie (@wwozzydo) October 5, 2016
‘Men making decisions about women’s bodies’ https://t.co/pkm3Dvb9qo
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) January 24, 2017
The absurdity of the photo was lost on no one.
As long as you live you’ll never see a photograph of 7 women signing legislation about what men can do with their reproductive organs pic.twitter.com/dXjfVjnRiX
— Martin Belam (@MartinBelam) January 23, 2017
So French Feminist group 52 (because France’s population is 52% female) made a parody news article with an altered photo.
The headline reads: “Breaking news: it is now forbidden to ejaculate outside of procreation in the United States.”
‘It is now illegal to ejaculate, unless it’s for reproduction’ pic.twitter.com/cqhuPFw0PM
— molly-mae (@xnicorn) January 26, 2017
A member of 52 spoke with BuzzFeed regarding the widely-shared image.
“It’s a joke….to ridicule something that boggles the mind: For centuries, it’s been men who dictate women’s bodies. Women are told what they should wear, what salary they’re entitled to… Trump has only just become president, and the first thing he does is take a step backward by signing this piece of legislation. This picture of the president shows very well how men get to dictate the rights women have…It really wound us up…On social media, some people pointed out the fact that one would ever see a photograph depicting a group composed exclusively of women signing legislature over what men are allowed to do with their genitalia. That was our starting point. We thought, Hey, why don’t we make such a picture?”
In case you were wondering, the original photo was taken when Barack Obama awarded the Congressional Medal to WASPs, a group of female WW2 fighter Pilots.
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52 was last seen protesting the yearly winter fashion sales in France, and they made a pretty awesome video about it.
Even their protest videos are art-house.