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Photo Series Highlights Trump's History Of Disturbing Comments About Women

When Donald Trump became President of the United States, Aria Watson, an 18-year-old girl and student at Oregon’s Clatsop Community College, felt an urgent need to voice her fears. Aria’s biggest fear was that Trump’s inauguration would help embolden and legitimize sexual harassers, rapists, and misogynists across the country.

Desperately in need of an avenue to channel her concerns, Aria eventually turned to art, ceaselessly working on a now-viral photo series project. In fact, Aria was able to use the photos series, entitled #SignedByTrump, as her final submission for a college art course.

The photo series shows several naked women turned away from the camera, with their bodies emblazoned with Trump quotes that show how he views women.

This is the first election that really meant something to Aria, who recently told The Huffington Post: “I never really cared for or understood politics, but this year was different. As a feminist, when I saw that Donald Trump actually won, my heart shattered.” It was this heartbreak that prompted Aria to mix her political views with her artistic abilities. “I’m scared that the way he speaks about women -- this sexism and misogyny -- will end up becoming a social norm,” she explained.

In the photo series, Aria used 5 female models – including herself – but originally wanted to use more. However, when the art student approached people about her idea, she was surprised by how hesitant even her close friends were to criticize Trump.

“We can’t be afraid to speak up about what we are passionate about,” said Aria. “I don’t know why Donald Trump is in office, or how this even happened, but he is. What we need now more than ever is to come together. We are stronger together.”

The young student is worried that if that Trump’s actions aren’t called out now, his behavior will create a culture of acceptance around sexualizing and harassing women from positions of power. “Kids are going to grow up and look up to this man for the next four years,” she exclaimed. “We can’t have a leader who says such horrible things about women.

The response to Aria’s art project has been staggering. One of the only criticisms of the piece is that the message of the photo series would have been strengthened by the inclusion of minority models and people of color, thereby broadening the scope of her artwork.

Aria addressed these minor criticisms in her interview with The Huff Post. “I’ve gotten tons of messages and comments asking me where all the women of color are...” she began. “I understand where those people were coming from. Don’t get me wrong I would have LOVED to have some more women of color, but I live in such a small town and attend such a small college where the majority of people are white.”

Aria has since partnered with ‘The Outrage’ to release a postcard set of her viral photo series. According to The Huff Post, 15 percent of all her sales will be donated to organizations that support and empower women.

Source: HuffPost
Photo: YouTube

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