Happy New Year everyone out there!
I want to start with a project I’ve discovered on the Internet: it’s the Pussyhatproject!
You can find their site on http://www.pussyhatproject.com, and yes I’m a bit late to the party.
It’s an online movement to provide the Womens’s March on 21. January in Washington with those bright and pink pussyhats. With these hats a visual statement should be provided to speak up for womens rights one day after the new president entered the office.
The project itself states:
The PussyHat Project aims to:
- Provide the people of the Women’s March on Washington D.C. a means to make a unique collective visual statement which will help activists be better heard.
- Provide people who cannot physically be on the National Mall a way to represent them- selves and support women’s rights.
The more we are seen, the more we are heard.
Let’s come together to support women’s rights in a creative and impactful way.
I really like the idea to send out a large visual statement, something that’s remembered like all those pink hats.
What’s nescessary and great about it too is that the project adresses also transwomen. The first thought I had was something like uggh – pink and pussy and womens rights – that’s so cisgender! But the makers of this project tried to be incluse on that point – I like that. BUT (there’s always a but in those cases) it states out that every woman has a pussy but that’s not true. There are women without pussies which should be adressed too, which is a bit difficult with this theme.
(reminder: I can only speak for my very privileged, white, able bodied, cis position)
So I searched online for some critical voices about this theme and I found a discussion thread in the pussyhat ravelry group which really gave me more input and showed me more problematic points.
I would begin to read about more problematic things with the Huffington Post article on the Womens March.
Following by this article from Brittany Oliver, a person of colour who is against the march- read this great article here please. She states out why the whole march is problematic beginning with the first name of this march, “All Women March”, which claims a march led by Black Women.
“Overall, you all have co-opted the messaging of these two very important historical moments in Black history and it’s unfortunate because it’s becoming increasingly difficult to preserve Black activism. Politically co-opting efforts with “ALL WOMEN” and “ALL VOICES” is merely an attempt to erase the specific needs of people of African descent. “
And another great article, also about written by Rosie Campos can be found here.
I don’t know if something changed about these subjects in the meantime, or if there is anything that could still change that now.
I’m not in the position to judge this project or the people who have justified criticisms against it and I don’t want to. I just wanted to share my progress of becoming more aware of problems with this subject with you.
So, yes I know it’s a problematic theme and also a problematic hat.
But for me personally the message of doing something against being grabbed by the pussy is good. I like the reclaiming of the word pussy and the strength that comes with this.
As I’m located in Germany and I wasn’t able to knit one to send uproad in time, but perhaps I’ll knit one for myself.
How about you?
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