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Props To The Protesters: Share Your Stories Of The Women's March

By Pajiba Staff | Comment Diversions | January 23, 2017 |

By Pajiba Staff | Comment Diversions | January 23, 2017 |

In what’s looking to be the biggest mass demonstration the world has ever seen, more than 600 Women’s Marches were held to stand for equality and healthcare and stand against a Trump administration that threatens to embolden racism, homophobia, misogyny, transphobia, Islamaphobia, and the demonization of the poor. The numbers are pouring in, crowds in major cities and tiny towns far exceeded expectation, with the March on Washington being three times as populated as the Trump’s inauguration. National embarrassment Sean Spicer will probably lie about it later, but the New York Times has a very thorough breakdown on the method of crowd-counting.

Here we want to celebrate the people who inspired us as we marched, and invite you to share your stories in comments. Let’s give props.

Rebecca and Kristy marched together in New York City. And amid clever protest signs and women cosplaying as the Statue of Liberty, Rosie the Riveter, and 1920’s suffragettes, they spotted two topless women with “My body my choice” written across their bare breasts. Kristy told them she admired their moxie, especially on such a cold day. Rebecca asked if their feminist rage helped keep them warm. And one laughed, “That and when the girls get cold, I shimmy!” And then she did, shaking her tits as she let loose a booming laugh. Props to these women, who bared their bodies for the cause, cold weather be damned!

Courtney marched in Chicago, and said of it, “The number of kids I saw, who were engaged and cared, and the parents who were educating, it was so powerful. I cried listening to a mom explain to her son about Trump taking away healthcare. I had hope for the first time in a while.”

Photo courtesy of Courtney Enlow

She added, “Props to this guy who brought a cute sleepy purpy and had to deal with all of us in his space petting his sleepy purpy, and to the sleepy purpy for being pet by strangers all day and being a sleepy purpy trooper.”
Photo courtesy of Courtney Enlow

Sarah said of the dudes who marched alongside her in Austin, “Props to the men in Austin who would chant, ‘Her body her choice,’ with women replying ‘My body my choice.’ There were a lot of men there in solidarity, and it was great to see. One had a sign that said ‘I love a nasty woman.’”

Seth responded, “Same thing in LA (and I was proud to be a part of the ‘her body her choice’ call-and-response response). Suspect this was true at every march…”

And Sarah seconded Courtney’s praise of the youngsters among us, “The children were inspiring too.”
Photo courtesy of Sarah Carlson

Kids made a difference in New York too. Kristy noted, “A lot of the chants at the NYC march were started by children! Tiny voices booming ‘Show me what democracy looks like,’ followed by the BOOM of hundreds responding, ‘THIS IS WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE!’”

Photo courtesy of Seth Freilich

Genevieve was thrilled by the spread of the movement, writing, “There were marches in Utqiagvik, Alaska and Key West, Florida. Those are the northernmost and southernmost towns in the US, respectively. Neither were huge, a couple dozen people in Utqiagvik and 3,000 in Key West, but I like the symbolism of it.”

Having marched in Portland, Maine, Dustin declared, “Props to police officers and protest organizers in 600 cities who managed crowds exponentially larger than they could have possibly anticipated. In some places, there was even some real solidarity with authorities.”

At the Atlanta March there were even high-fives.

Seth singled out those who “showed their support while doing their job.”
Photo courtesy of Seth Freilich

This guy’s sign offers the Desmond Tutu quote: “if you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”

Kristy was stunned by the numbers that turned out in New York. “I’ve protested before in the city,” She said of Saturday. “But I’d never seen anything like this. We were shoulder to shoulder for much of march! There were streets—full city blocks—so full of people it flowed over onto the sidewalks.”

Joanna (who doesn’t go here anymore) was awed by the crowds in Oakland.

Literally as far as the eye can see. #Oakland #WOMENSMARCH

A photo posted by Joanna Robinson (@jowrotethis) on

Lastly, Sarah was inspired by director Alma Har’el’s video of women who’d never met before, singing a song they’d rehearsed through the Internet. There’s something symbolic and beautiful in there.

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Kristy Puchko is the film editor of Pajiba. You can follow her on Twitter.