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Wed Jan 17, 2018, 11:16 AM

Pussy Hats

Last year, there was a campaign among conservative, mostly southern, women to condemn the iconic pink hats as representing vaginas. My husband encountered some of this when he was asked to remove his hat because it made some women uncomfortable. He asked why a pink knitted hat would make someone uncomfortable, and he was told it was vulgar. We live in the Philadelphia suburbs.

I see that this lie, that the hats are meant to represent female genitalia, is being resurrected to, I believe, discourage their wearing during the protests planned for the 20th. The images of seas of pink headgear were moving and powerful, and I can understand Trump supporters' not wanting to have to confront the photos these hats invite.

Now objections arise that not all women have vaginas, that the pink color is disrespectful of women of color. This is bullshit of the first order.

Pussy hats do not represent vaginas. They represent *cat* heads--the ears, an essential element of the hats, are a big clue. Vaginas do not have ears that stick up on either side. They are called pussy hats--i.e. pussycat hats--because "pussy" is the term Donald Trump used to describe vulvas--not vaginas, which are internal, but vulvas, which are what a person could grab. It's a clever use of the villain's own terms--taking back the insult, if you will, and making it our own by redefining it.

I hope everyone who marches will wear a pussy hat.

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cyclonefence Jan 2018 OP
Greybnk48 Jan 2018 #1
MLAA Jan 2018 #3
meow2u3 Jan 2018 #2
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L. Coyote Jan 2018 #5
Louis1895 Jan 2018 #6
leftynyc Jan 2018 #7
Canoe52 Jan 2018 #8

Response to cyclonefence (Original post)

Wed Jan 17, 2018, 11:21 AM

1. I've knit quite a few and my husband and I

both wear them. I put a couple of black stripes in the ribbing of his to make him a Tom cat/pussy.

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Response to Greybnk48 (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 17, 2018, 11:31 AM

3. Good job! I am sure he wears it proudly 🐱

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Response to cyclonefence (Original post)

Wed Jan 17, 2018, 11:24 AM

2. Idea: crochet blue tomcat hats for men

Problem solved, since a tomcat is a male kitty and a pussy (original, non-vulgar definition) is a female kitty.

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Response to meow2u3 (Reply #2)

Wed Jan 17, 2018, 11:36 AM

4. Or pink hats with a blue stripe.

The pictures of the pink hats were so dramatic it was amazing. I felt sill knitting them at first, but not after I saw the pics.

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Response to cyclonefence (Original post)

Wed Jan 17, 2018, 11:38 AM

5. Dress like a woman!

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Response to cyclonefence (Original post)

Wed Jan 17, 2018, 11:48 AM

6. If we wore standard pink stocking caps...

...some nut would say the represented condoms!

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Response to cyclonefence (Original post)

Wed Jan 17, 2018, 11:52 AM

7. It's going to be almost 50 degrees

 

in NY on Saturday but I will be bringing my (black) pussy hat to the rally.

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Response to cyclonefence (Original post)

Wed Jan 17, 2018, 12:50 PM

8. Ive got a purple one my DIL knitted for me.

Iíll be wearing it this Saturday!

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