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Photo of Trump and male staffers signing anti-abortion measure inspires feminist satire

By WITW Staff on January 27, 2017

A photograph of Donald Trump signing the “Global Gag Rule,” which bans international groups from receiving U.S. health funding for providing or even discussing abortions, while a group of seven other men look on approvingly has gone viral online – and not for the reasons the U.S. president might want.

While internet users questioned why these men feel they have the right to determine women’s reproductive choices, a French feminist collective known as 52 — a nod to the fact that women make up 52 percent of France’s population — took things a step further by conjuring up their own reimagined version of the image. In 52’s version, Hillary Clinton is shown surrounded by women as she signs a ban on male ejaculation for non-procreative purposes.

“It’s a joke to ridicule something that boggles the mind,” explained a 52 member named Sophie. “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.”

The clever photoshop was devised by altering a picture from 2009 showing then-President Barack Obama surrounded by the “WASPS” — a famed group of WWII women fighter pilots. The doctored image swiftly went viral, and has since been shared more than 33 thousand times on Facebook alone.

Read the full story at Buzzfeed.


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