“We are down but not out. Wear this with pride because nasty women get things done.”
If the last few months have proven anything, it’s clear that it’s going to be hard to escape the unstoppable rise of Nasty Women – and we say bring it on! GirlCrew Toronto Marissa Korda is one woman who is taking up the call by creating Nasty Woman Brigade patches. With proceeds being donated to Planned Parenthood. So far Marissa has raised over $1,500 and has no plans to stop now.
“A week before the November election, I created the badge as a Photoshop doodle just for fun (this was back when we all thought Hillary was going to win). The day after the election it took on entirely new meaning for me.” Turning to social media, Marissa posted a picture of her creation along with a note on her frustrations.
The full post read:
When I created this a week ago, it was just a fun little graphic. Overnight, it’s not anymore.
This election has made me feel my gender more acutely than ever before. In ways I don’t want to have to. There are thousands of people out there who feel the same way about their religion, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, etc. Today I feel completely flattened. I am sad and scared. But I also recognize that it is more important than ever to never hide who we are and to claim the space we deserve.
For all of us who are told we are too loud, too bossy, too bitchy, too nasty – it’s time we stopped letting those words hold us back. You are not alone. We are stronger together. Love still trumps hate.
We are down but not out. Wear this with pride because nasty women get things done.
It was clear her post had struck a chord. Marissa says “the response was incredible. It started gaining fast traction on Instagram and friends were posting on the image asking me where they could buy one – even though it only existed in Photoshop at this point! Later that night it went sort of viral on a popular Toronto Facebook group [gaining] something like 300+ comments and 700+ likes in 24 hours. I decided to have them made for real and donate proceeds to Planned Parenthood.”
With over 400 badges sold in just four days, this Nasty Woman has raised $1,500 for Planned Parenthood. Marissa is now looking at putting together another shipment and plans to keep selling the badges for as long as people keep buying them.
“In practice, don’t think 2017 will be all that different for “nasty women” than 2016. Sexism will still exist in all the same ways. But I think the key thing is that in the past few months there’s been an increasing awareness of and anger about how sexism is so institutionalized and normalized. Women are no longer accepting this. We’re claiming our space at the table. We’re saying “no” en masse. And I think that’s really great.”
If you’d like to support this fantastic initiative, you can buy your own patch here.