It happens every day. In fact, it is pretty hard to avoid it. There are some things that can only be understood with a slap on the forehead. Things so mind-boggling that one wonders how humans managed to evolve thumbs while being this mentally inept.
Case in point:
Of course they will. As the article explains:
Women’s marches are scheduled in Washington DC and other major cities the day following Donald Trump’s inauguration and women across the country are knitting pink “pussy” hats to wear at the protests.
The hats have little cat ears and are an obvious homage to Trump’s infamous “grab them by the pussy” comment.
The Pussyhat Project was started by two Los Angeles women who published designs for the hat online. The movement spread and now thousands are getting together to knit the hats to distribute at the marches.
Granted, these thousands of people could spend their time volunteering at a shelter, working with at-risk teens, contacting their local officials to address the myriad of social issues that affect women, or any number of acts of actual activism. Instead, these people choose to engage in a pointless act in the most ironically sexist, immature, and cowardly way.
Did not feminists spend a great deal of time arguing that there is no “gendered” color? So why are the hats pink? If it is to mimic the color of the inside of a vagina, it should be more of a light prawn or salmon color. Technically, those colors are pink, although they are slightly on the orange side.
Why wait until the day after the inauguration? Would that not be the day when no one would pay any attention to your antics because Trump would begin enacting his policies?
And why cat ears? I understand the joke, but if the point is to get back at Trump, would it not be better to commit to the joke and wear a stylized vagina hat? It is not as if feminists have not done similar things before.
The genius does not stop there:
Anyone can knit the hats and then drop them off at various knitting stores across the country or ship them to the Pussyhat Project where they will be later distributed at marches.
What if no one picks up the hats? What if no one accepts them at the marches? What if few people actually show up to the marches? Some people have reportedly placed these hats on landmarks, as shown in the article, yet it does not appear widespread enough to matter. It is as if this is a lame attempt by feminists to be “provocative” and “edgy” without any of them understanding what that actually means. Perhaps they should contact the man who began the Dangerous Faggot Tour. He seems to understand provocative and edgy quite well.
The feminists explained their intentions:
“If everyone at the march wears a pink hat, the crowd will be a sea of pink, showing that we stand together, united,” the website of the Pussy Hat Project says. “Pink is considered a very female color representing caring, compassion, and love – all qualities that have been derided as weak but are actually STRONG. Wearing pink together is a powerful statement that we are unapologetically feminine and we unapologetically stand for women’s rights.”
Is not feminism supposed to get rid of gender norms and gender roles? Does not feminism argue that there is essentially no such thing as “feminine”? It sounds like they are doing feminism wrong.
And who derided caring, compassion, and love as weak?
It appears that when feminists do not have the backing of powerful institutions that will manage all the hard work and heavy lifting, meme-ing in real time is the best feminists can do. As my generation used to say, “You go gurl!”