BriAnne Wills is out to smash the image of the cat lady. Her tumblr blog, Girls and Their Cats, is a stunning photographic series that features young women and their cats. The sad, lonely woman who is destined to die surrounded by her hundreds of cats in not the contemporary lady that BriAnne has discovered to be more the case. The reality is, that particular stereotype may or may not be derivative of some women, but in today’s society, it seems that is far less likely the case. No doubt there are still horror stories made up by young school children to dare others to, “just go up on the porch,” of some creepy house, but that’s not to say there is always a stereotype, of any kind, in residence.
As BriAnne told Metro UK, “Cat ladies have such a bad rap, but all the cat ladies I personally know are loving, social, stylish, beautiful, and career-driven women.” She started the project not long after moving to New York, a way to meet new people and network. What has resulted are deeply rich photographs that don’t need any written support to express the story clearly. That said, many of the pictures are attached to small pieces about the girl and her feline friend. There seems to be a unique, common thread through all these tails, as well. Many have been foundlings or are rescues. Perhaps that speaks to the nurturing nature that is often attributed to the female gender. Perhaps it is simply because they saw a creature that needed help and a home.
Whatever the case may be, BriAnne has clearly hit upon something that is striking a chord with many. Girls and their cats, and I am sure women and their cats, would all agree. The stereotype is clearly being displaced.