Progressives continue to be the comedy gift that keeps on giving.
The Women’s March on Thursday announced that it is ditching its famed p**syhats, and the reason for getting rid of them is even more ridiculous than the way they looked wearing them.
The group said it is getting rid of its iconic headgear because it is offensive to transgender “women” who don’t have the essential female body part that the hat represents, which also makes calling them “women” absurd.
“I personally won’t wear one because if it hurts even a few people’s feelings, then I don’t feel like it’s unifying,” Phoebe Hopps, the president and founder of the Women’s March, told the Detroit Free Press.
“I care more about mobilizing people to the polls than wearing one hat one day of the year,” she said.
The Women’s March is back this year, on Jan. 20 – 21 with its Power to the Polls designed to get more women to vote.
But one would assume they want certain women to vote and not others, because 64 percent of non-college educated white women voted for President Trump in 2016.
State and national chapters of the Women’s March have been working “to move away from the p***yhats for several months now, and are not making it the cornerstone of our messaging because … there’s a few things wrong with the message,” the Press reported.
“It doesn’t sit well with a group of people that feel that the pink p***yhats are either vulgar or they are upset that they might not include trans women or nonbinary women or maybe women whose (genitals) are not pink,” Hopps said.
The concept of the p***yhat grew from an idea Krista Suh had when talking with her friend Jayna Zweiman after the 2016 presidential election. They wanted to find a way for protesters to make a strong, unifying visual statement during the inaugural Women’s March on Washington.
They launched the P***yhat Project, hoping their matching pink hats would do not only that, but also allow activists who could not get to Washington for the big national march to show their support for women’s rights in other places.
The color pink was chosen “because pink is associated with femininity,” the P***yhat Project posted on its website. “We did not choose the color pink as a representation of some people’s anatomy. Anyone who supports women’s rights is welcome to wear a P***yhat. It does not matter if you have a vulva or what color your vulva may be. If a participant wants to create a P***yhat that reflects the color of her vulva, we support her choice.”
They named it the P***yhat Project as a play on words referencing the way Trump bragged in a 2005 “Access Hollywood” tape about groping unsuspecting women.
But not all women want to ditch the hats.
A yarn studio in New York, Knitty City, has announced free knitting classes for women who want to make their own p***yhats for the New York Women’s March.
“After [President Donald] Trump’s win, there was a lot of anger and frustration expressed among our community of knitters,” founder Pearl Chin told AMNY. “This was a therapeutic way of venting, or channeling, via craftivism.”
“You can’t necessarily write the postcards, make the calls, do the marches. But this? This I can do. Making the hats is very meditative, it’s calming, it’s productive. You’re making a mark,” employee Gale Siegel said. “Provid[ing] people who cannot physically be at the Women’s Marches a way to represent themselves and support women’s rights.”
In the months leading up to the Women’s March on NYC in 2017, which saw an attendance of over 400,000, Knitty City sold enough yarn to make approximately 1,000 pussyhats, according to Chin. More than 250 knitters from the community had also engaged in relentless knitting, sewing and crocheting — and by the end of it, the store had given away more than 300 hats, Gale Siegel, a store employee, added.
Sitting at a yarn-covered table in the shop Tuesday afternoon, Siegel sported a “Resist Trump” button on her pussyhat as she compared Trump’s America to the dystopian world in George Orwell’s “1984” to fellow knitters. “The United States has a long way to go. We have no clue how far behind we are. When you have someone in power who convinces everyone that we are the best, and he is wrong, you have to do something,” she said.
The 71-year-old from Jackson Heights considers knitting pussyhats a way to deal with the anxiety that stems from Trump’s policies.
Or you could get on with your life.