Pink Pussy Revolution

The Women’s March on Washingtion D.C. is an historic event and had a huge impact. But there’s another thing that attracted attention and was imprinted on everbody’s memory: the pussy hat.

Launched November 23, 2016, in commemoration of the Women’s March on Washington, the Pussyhat Project aims to provide a unique and visual pink statement for the Women’s March and all events to enable activists to be not only but also heard. Wearing, creating and gifting pussyhats is the way to show support of women’s rights – together connected for activism in order to support each other.

You maybe ask yourself, why they used this “conflicting” word pussy. That’t what they thought about:

We love the clever wordplay of “pussyhat” and “pussycat,” buy yes, “pussy” is also a derogatory term for female genitalia. We chose this loaded word for our project because we want to reclaim the term as a means of empowerment. In this day and age, if we have pussies we are assigned the gender of “woman.” Women, whether transgender or cisgender, are mistreated in this society. In order to get fair treatment, the answer is not to deny our femaleness and femininity, the answer is to demand fair treatment. A woman’s body is her own. We are honoring this truth and standing up for our rights.

On March 8, 2017, the International Women’s Day / A Day Without a Woman will be celebrated. With the Pussyhat Global Virtual March on this day, the Pussyhat Project wants to expand their message globally, because Women’s Rights are Human Rights – rights of all women, of all women over the world.

The pussyhat, when put on looking like cat ears, is a pink hat to show support and solidarity for women’s rights. Kat Coyle designed this hat.

Anyone who supports women’s rights is welcome to wear a pussyhat. Who wears pussyhats? Feminists wear pussyhats! And lots of different people are feminists. Some people have questioned whether the very name “pussyhats” means our movement is saying only people with vaginas can be feminists. No way! Trans people and intersex people and people with any genital anatomy can be feminists and wear pussyhats. Feminists who wear pussyhats fight transmisogyny and support ALL women.

Men can also wear pussyhats since men can and are also supposed to support women’s rights.

Pink, considered as a female colour standing for caring, compassion and love which are strong qualities, shows this feminine strength and serves as powerful statement. The Pussyhat project says “we are unapologetically feminine and we unapologetically stand for women’s rights!”

You can wear your pussyhat always and everywhere because the support of women’s rights is location-independent and time-independent!

Now, this statement left the US frontiers and reached Milan Fashion Week, more precisely Missoni’s fall 2017 show.

According to Allure, the hairstylist Anthony Turner said before the show that it was a protest collection and that they wanted to celebrate femininity, individuality and the woman. After the 40-plus models made their runway laps, they all came out again to walk together –wearing (Missoni-brand) pussy hats!

These hat were given to all the backstage staff.

So put on your pussyhat and stand up for women’s rights! Use #pussyhatglobal!

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