We’re excited to announce our new initiative “Calling In The Beauty”. Women from around the globe have reached out to submit their photo to Grab them by the ballot.
We’d like men to join hands with us and show their support and the world that the ground is fertile for the sexes to unite. And that change is only going to happen when we work together to meet systematic oppression with radical acceptance and unification rather than fear and aggression towards each other.
We are here to inspire future generations of women and men to feel safe to speak up and feel at home in their bodies, with their sexuality and to unite together to create a better world.
"I participated in the men's solidarity photoshoot because I am a twin brother to the most amazing woman. We were born to parents who, from day one, treated us equally and allowed us to be exactly who we were as children, something that has stayed with the both of us for all of our lives thus far. My mother was also instrumental in the success of the family printing shop and my father made it clear that it would not have succeeded without her.
My sister has been my best friend, my confidant, my "better half" from the day we were conceived. Yes, we had our couple of years of hating each other as teenagers, but I have never considered her less than or anything else but my equal. We supported the Equal Rights Amendment when it, unfortunately, failed to come to fruition. We have supported the same women candidates and causes and have stood together through our share of pain, tragedy, and discomfort.
My support of equality between men and women is not something I discovered, something I learned, something I had to go to a consciousness group for. It is the way I have lived my entire life. It is as much a part of me as all of the traits and ways of being each of us has from how we grew up. I have fumbled at times, I have dropped the ball with women, I can't pretend to be anything but human. But, I have hopefully made the necessary amends and have righted whatever wrongs I have done.
I have, in my work as a former U.S. Army medic, worked alongside women as colleagues, as leaders and as supervisors, I truly believe that I worked better with and for them because of my upbringing and belief in equality. Today, I work in the medical education field with amazing women and men. We teach medical, nursing and other students in the healing arts how to work with patients, women, men, straight, bisexual, gay, lesbian and transgendered and I was very recently honored by a class of the students I help teach for my contribution to their education and I know without a doubt that how I teach is based in a large part on my feelings about equality, not only between women and men but between all of humanity.
To sum this all up, equality is not an intellectual exercise for me. I can't quote anybody, I don't have a manifesto. I only have my life's experience and a deep, deep feeling of being blessed to know, love, respect and admire many, many wonderful, brave, intelligent, fierce women without whom, this world would be a much less blessed and fortunate place.
Thank you for your work on all of this and for the spirit with which you do it."
- Christopher Hill
"When I look back on my life and reflect on the path leading me to here, standing up with #GRABTHEMBYTHEBALLOT, I see the countless women who have encouraged and supported me along the way. I am eternally grateful for their guidance and patience. Without it, without them, I can't imagine the state of well being that I would be navigating today.
I am continually inspired at the courage and bravery of women in our world to speak their truth, to challenge the system, to voice their stories full well knowing the misogyny that awaits, the blaming that ensues, and the invalidation that occurs. This is true courage. This movement, to me, is about speaking out and changing a broken system. And I am committed to standing up with women speaking their truths.
I have had the privilege to witness and hear the stories of many women and their message is not new and what they have been sharing is clear. The patriarchal system we live in is not balanced, it is not equal, it is not safe. And it is not just women; persons of color, the queer community, and other persons from diverse communities are all saying it.
It is time to change, time for men to grow, for men to evolve. It is simple, we can do this better. And it is clear by the reactions of the Gillette commercial surrounding masculinity we as men have some recognition and accountability to step into. The consequences of toxic masculinity are dire and all beings are victimized by it. Men, we have our work to do.
And yet, I am inspired, there is a change in the air. The diversity of the incoming members of the democratic congress this past term was incredible. And to me, that is a powerful consequence in supporting #GRABTHEMBYTHEBALLOT. Please, all persons vote, and please, women, run for office! You will win, it is time. It is happening.
I am proud to support women, women's rights, and proud to be a part of the #GRABTHEMBYTHEBALLOT movement. I am also proud to be a United States citizen and it is an honor to be a part of such a monumental change in the fabric of our society."
More to Come...
Also, new in this campaign was a separate male photoshoot after the Women's March. These men showed their support of women's rights and solidarity by getting naked too!
The ground is fertile for a serious dialogue on gender justice and it's finally hit the mainstream. This is evidenced by the recent Gilette ad campaign on toxic masculinity. Unlike some movements, we are here to redefine the feminist message and educate men on the issues relating to women's bodies and sovereignty rather than shame and ostracize.
To contact us for programs or to submit a photo, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.