By now, you’ve probably heard about Donald Trump’s alarming enthusiasm for grabbing women inappropriately and without their consent. It’s easy to feel powerless in the face of blatant misogyny, and the Women’s March on Washington is a demonstration against this lack of respect for women’s rights and the rights of other marginalized factions of society.
In the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice who have come before us, we join in diversity to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore. The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to our new government on their first day in office, and to the world that women’s rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.
If you are unable to attend the march in D.C. for whatever reason, there are over 280 regional sister marches, as well. If you can’t make any of the marches, there’s another way to make your support known.The Pussyhat Project is aiming to collect over a million handmade pink hats as a show of solidarity and support for women’s rights. It’s even causing a pink yarn shortage.
As a woman who believes she matters just as much as any man, this election cycle has been ridiculously hard to watch. I’m sure for others who live in fear of half of their own countrymen and its imminent leader, it’s been even harder. Some people think that we ‘bleeding heart liberals’ should just ‘get over it’ and get behind our new president, and those people are frankly missing the point. We are not protesting our future leader because of some vaguely laid-out political plan or long-held bipartisan views. We are protesting him for his blatant lack of respect for the majority of human beings in this country. I, personally, am horrified by his lack of due diligence in understanding international and environmental affairs, his lack of level-headedness in speech and manner, and his disregard for science and the education. I am worried about the kind of damage that a scientifically illiterate person can do in a place of power at this point in our planet’s climate history. Our society’s future is nothing without a firm grasp of science and appropriate education and based on his ignorant tweets, he just doesn’t get it. Even worse, he is surrounding himself with inadequate advisors and lashing out at individuals who oppose his false statements.
And so I knit a couple of hats. I’m demonstrating in the most personal way I know right now that I support the rights of all people, of women, of myself. I am important, in and of myself, and not through the lens of men. Much of the societal shame surrounding overweight people is a perceived lack of sexual attractiveness to men. We are told we shouldn’t take up so much space. We should look a certain way. We shouldn’t be loud. We should always seem happy. We should always look pretty. We should sit back and let the men take care of business.
If we take up space, if we make our presence known, if we show our anger, if we ignore societal standards of beauty, we are disregarded or attacked. If we take charge and excel at our jobs, we are called ‘nasty women’. If we get pregnant, our identities shrink to fetus-carriers. We are encouraged to have those babies (no birth control, but also no abortions), and then are further marginalized once they’ve arrived (no maternity leave, no affordable child care, no health services for the poor). There are so many things wrong with society’s treatment of women, and so much of it is subtle and ingrained that it’s almost a reflex. We need to learn to recognize everyday misogyny (locker room talk), and fight it.
It’s not the only issue and it won’t solve problems on its own, but in solidarity and hope, I’m making some hats.
I’m with you!
Thanks for your post and thoughts, I absolutely agree and share the same worries. I could not even read or listen to the news for a long while since that “tragic” day that person was elected to be the president of the United States.
While ago I discovered an interesting twitter aiming to uncover (with humour) those inequalities and mean daily address of women: https://twitter.com/manwhohasitall
I’m now pondering to make a pink hat although I usually don’t wear pink much…
Fantastic, welcome aboard! https://www.etsy.com/listing/491620636/pussy-hat-project-emergency-made-to?ref=shop_home_active_1 for anyone with a Pussy Hat Emergency
Plus, the man can’t put together a complete sentence with proper grammar. I just can’t believe this is what we elected to follow Barack Obama. A rebound from grace, elegance, intelligence, ethics and morality? How far the pendulum has swung. Wear that hat with pride. 🙂
Hear hear!! Well said. I’m Canadian, so we all watched the election from afar and then found that the poison of hate spreads easily, as increases of hate crimes and bigoted confrontations happened here in Toronto shortly after the election. Toronto is having a women’s march in support of the DC one, and we are going- I’m knitting a pussy hat, but I think I’ll only have the time to knit one- my daughter and I will take turns wearing it.
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That’s so awesome that there are marches in Canada, too! I didn’t know that. What a great experience to share with your daughter!
Excellent post! More eloquent than I could be…I’m planning on attending the march in Hartford. I could have gone to DC, but was worried that it might be too much for me right now…it would have been about a 24 hour trip…..I have made two so far…one for me and one to hand out at the march…pulled out the pink yarn I have…found some chunky, so might make a crocheted one…saw a cute pattern recently…
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Thank you for explaining this, I haven’t been too in on how it all works. Maybe I should knit one up – I am very much over all this Trump mess right now that’s for sure.
Wish I had more to say, but sadly I’m not very political. Keep up the good work Alicia, you are helping woman have a voice 🙂
Thanks for speaking out on this. It is easy to become disheartened with all the terrible things that are starting to happen in the federal government. (ACA being messed with and such.) But I am encouraged that rather than become apathetic, people are on the move, defending programs and people they care about. The one lesson that was ingrained in me is that your best vote is the one you make with your dollar. It takes more work, but I plan on continuing to make sure that my dollar is invested in food with healthy origins, people who are working to make a difference, and places I want to see stay open (like state and national parks.)
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