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Pussy Grabs Back: Bestialized Sexual Politics and Intersectional Failure in Protest Posters for the 2017 Women's March
Feminist Media Studies (2018)
  • Corey L Wrenn, The Animal Studies Repository
Abstract
The women’s march on Washington on January 21 2017 and its more than 600  sister marches across the world was characterized by its distinctly feline theme. Most notable were the pink pussy hats and a multitude of signs that played on the historical association between women and cats to resist the crude remarks made by US presidential nominee Donald Trump who bragged of grabbing women “by the pussy.” This article explores this feline counterframing from a vegan feminist perspective. A content analysis was performed on photographs that were published in Why I March (2017) and uploaded to the Women’s March on Washington Archives Project, the Georgia State University Women’s Marches 2017 Collection, and Instagram in Spring 2017. Results illustrate the persistent role that animality plays in feminist politics, but they also point to a critical intersectional failure exhibited by an ultimately anthropocentric collective.
Keywords
  • Animal studies,
  • feminism,
  • social movements,
  • intersectionality,
  • veganism,
  • womens march
Publication Date
Spring April 26, 2018
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1080/14680777.2018.1465107
Citation Information
Corey L Wrenn. "Pussy Grabs Back: Bestialized Sexual Politics and Intersectional Failure in Protest Posters for the 2017 Women's March" Feminist Media Studies (2018)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/corey-wrenn/21/