Two women are teaming up to use Disney characters to show how important women’s healthcare really is
While the current political climate is far from a good thing, there are some positives coming out of the rise of President Donald Trump. Among them is the resistance that continues to pick up steam, and from that, some incredible art drawing attention to the issues that vulnerable groups, like women and minorities, are likely to face under Trump’s presidency.
Illustrator Martiza Lugo and writer Danielle Sepulveres, are doing just that. Their new collaboration combines images of Disney Princesses with messages about what women stand to lose if Republicans who are trying to restrict women’s access to birth control and other healthcare get their way.
The two women have worked together before — they created a campaign using images of Disney princesses to bring awareness to cervical cancer.
“Together we did a series of the princesses going to the gynecologist as a reminder to make annual appointments and to try to combine familiar pop culture with an important message,” Sepulveres told Scary Mommy. Their new project picks up where the last one left off: The princesses are seeing their doctors and gynecologists, but this time, there’s no Affordable Care Act, and the princesses aren’t able to access the same care they could before.
There’s Disney’s first Latina princess, Elana of Avalor, being met with pro-life protesters outside of a Planned Parenthood clinic.
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In revamping @daniellesep & my Disney Princess goes to the Gyno series, we had to think about a lot of things. Firstly, it's the GOP's war on women. With our incoming president-elect being a complete Neanderthal and bringing along a gaggle of idiots, it's only right that we start fighting back utilizing our god given talents. Second of all, it's this insane idea of "taking back" America from outsiders or "making America great again". America has always been a refuge for those seeking a better life for them and theirs. America would not and could not be great without its "outsiders". America has always been great for white cis males & it's time it was great for everyone who's sweat, blood & tears have created this nation. . . The essay is by @daniellesep & images by yours truly, we start off the new series with Elena of Avalor, Disney's first Latina Princess. Here she is going to Planned Parenthood to stand against the evil stepsisters of the GOP. If you're interested in finding out more or want to feature this, we have four more images & email is in bio! #disneyprincesses #princess #elenaofavalor #disney #plannedparenthood #womenofcolor #woc #gop #notmypresident #cinderella #illustration #graphic #artwork #maritzalugoart #illustrator #art #prochoice
Aladdin and Jasmine, who were excited to start their family in the last series, now face the heartbreaking prospect of planning a funeral after a miscarriage, something Vice President Mike Pence pushed for when he was governor of Indiana.
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Previously, we saw Aladdin & Jasmine happy & ready to start their family. This year, however, it's taken a dark tone. Why? Because Trump just nominated former U.S. Senator from Indiana Dan Coats for Director of National Intelligence and he’s just one of many Republicans who back strenuous measures against Planned Parenthood and restricting a women’s right to choose. Indiana is a state along with Louisiana and Texas that have been trying to sign into law a mandate that would essentially force women to provide funeral services for aborted tissue and miscarriages. So today’s illustration has to do with family planning and how we’re afraid it could be affected by this new administration, based on people like Mike Pence, Dan Coats, and honestly the entirety of the Texas GOP. Also considering that it’s Jasmine and Aladdin looking for some family planning? Here’s hoping they don’t have to deal with Trump’s Muslim registry first. . . Words by @daniellesep /drawing by yours truly. #disney #princess #aladdin #jasmine #familyplanning #plannedparenthood #fucktrump #illustration #artwork #awholenewrepublicanworld #maritzalugoart #standwithpp
Belle tries to fill her birth control prescription, only to find out that coverage for birth control is no longer mandated and her insurance won’t help with the cost.
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Belle was super happy to get birth control. As someone who was dependent on it, finding out she was denied her refill will only make Belle's life a little harder. Birth control helps women in so many ways and it isn't just for preventing pregnancy. Representative Kirsten Gillibrand was working hard to protect birth control while the GOP was trying to overturn #ACA. Slate published an article on this yesterday. The Senate voted to leave 55 million women without affordable birth control. No-copay birth control was a hallmark of ACA, allowing 55 million women to have more control over their bodies. Now insurance companies would no longer be required to cover contraceptives, and pregnancy would be considered a “pre-existing condition.” #standwithpp #plannedparenthood #beautyandthebeast #disney #disneyprincesses #illustration #socialjustice #maritzalugoart #artwork #belle #fucktrump
Tiana is denied vaccines — Trump, who has perpetuated the proven falsehood that vaccines cause autism, appointed vaccine skeptic Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to lead discussions in Congress about the necessity of childhood vaccines.
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In our final rendition of Disney Princesses VS. the GOP, we remember that last year we had Tiana getting her HPV vaccine in part to promote Cervical Cancer Awareness month. And to combat some of the fallacies that perpetuate about the vaccine itself, which include the idea that only girls should get it, it promotes sexual behavior, or that it’s ineffective. But this year there’s an even bigger issue at hand. And that’s Trump’s overall attitude towards vaccines. His insistence that vaccines cause autism has not waned, in spite of all scientific evidence to the contrary. Trump’s most recent claim is that there will be a better replacement to ACA which will be less expensive and available to everyone. Details of such a wonderful concept? There are none except the phrase that Americans will be “beautifully covered.” This sounds like what Beyoncé would describe as a "sweet dream or a beautiful nightmare" and we're guessing it's not the sweet dream. #disney #princesses #obamacare #tiana #standwithpp #aca #disneyprincess #vaccines #illustration #artwork #princessandthefrog #blacklivesmatter
And Pocahontas, who has been made ill by contaminated water, is denied insurance coverage due to her pre-existing condition. It’s a clear nod to the treatment of Native people at the Standing Rock Sioux reservation who have been locked in a brutal and ongoing battle with law enforcement and oil companies since last summer as they try to protect their water source from having an oil pipeline placed under it.
“Disney Princesses are a hugely recognizable part of our culture and beloved by so many, but there’s a lot of misinformation floating around about women’s healthcare which needs to be rectified, so we wanted to take the princesses and use them to draw attention to accurate education,” Sepulveres said. “We chose to revamp the project this year within the context of the new administration because the fears of ACA being repealed will make being a women a pre-existing condition and could potentially have disastrous effects on rates of STI infections, gynecological cancers and abortion. This year we wanted to prompt people to not only make their appointments with their doctor, but to call their reps and donate to Planned Parenthood because the implications of what a Trump presidency could do to so many of us is terrifying.”
She says reactions to the series have been largely positive — that the women who see it are sharing it and encouraging others to step up and support organizations who could combat the Trump administration’s attack on women’s health, like Planned Parenthood.
“It’s sparked some constructive discussion and of course it’s also led to some negative commentary online because the internet is nothing if not a vast wild place full of various opinions,” Sepulveres continued. “While I’m thrilled that the majority support us, it’s been most disconcerting to me to see comments from women who insist that we all have and will always have the same access to comprehensive healthcare, which in no way takes into account geographical location or socio-economic status and shows that they’re failing to pay attention to the GOP who quite literally keep saying repeatedly they want to take it away from us.”
And for fans of Sepulveres’ and Lugo’s work, the women are almost certain they’ll create together again in the future, but not until they’re inspired to raise awareness again.
“If I could work with Maritza daily on collaborations I would,” Sepulveres said. “We’ve done three awareness campaigns together now and I can confidently say we will do another one in the future, but we haven’t decided yet what it will be.”