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SPLIT: Feminists Reject Pussy Hat As Offensive to ‘Women with Penises’ and ‘Brown Genitalia’

An iconic symbol of progressive activism may be going the way of the dodo. 

Debuting at the 2017 so-called Women’s March, a multi-city rally protesting the election of Donald Trump as president, the pussy hat has been a stalwart symbol of progressivism over the past year.

But many feminists see it as problematic and report they won’t be donning the pink head gear at this year’s reboot of the protests. 

“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,” said Phoebe Hopps, founder and president of Women’s March Michigan, according to the Detroit Free Press

The problem, according to the Free Press, is the hat is exclusionary to transgender women, gender non-binary people, and non-white women “because their genitals are more likely to be brown than pink.”

Never mind that the hat has cat ears, and not a vulva. The color pink, according to the Pussyhat Project, which first designed the headwear following the 2016 general election, was chosen “because pink is associated with femininity,” according to a post 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 Pussyhat,” the post continues. “It does not matter if you have a vulva or what color your vulva may be. If a participant wants to create a Pussyhat that reflects the color of her vulva, we support her choice.” 

But that’s not good enough for many. 

As the Free Press reports,

LaShawn Erby, of Black Lives Matter-Lansing, declined to talk about her views on pussyhats because the topic is a cornerstone of the speech she plans to give at the Jan. 21 march in Lansing.  

“I will say this one thing: It is a problem,” Erby said.

You know, nobody can speak for your experience but you, so it really is important that people that look like you, that have experiences like you to represent you,” she said. “You often can look just about anywhere and see a white person leading black people. But rarely do you see it in reverse.

On January 21, several progressive groups are planning another Women’s March in cities across the country, with mixed reviews on the pink hat. 

The Pensacola, FL Women’s March chapter is discouraging its attendees from wear it, posting to its Facebook page,

The Pink P*ssy Hat reinforces the notion that woman = vagina and vagina = woman, and both of these are incorrect. Additionally, the Pink P*ssy Hat is white-focused and Eurocentric in that it assumes that all vaginas are pink; this is also an incorrect assertion,” it posted to its Facebook page. The post has been shared more than 1,200 times.

The Pensacola Women’s March organizers understand that this idea was a knee-jerk reaction to the heinous, sexist, misogynistic Trump administration, but it is also just that: a knee-jerk reaction, not fully thought out. Therefore, we ask that march goers refrain from wearing this hat and instead, pick an alternative headwear that focuses on collective women’s liberation for ALL women: transgender women, multinational women, disabled women, queer women — the most marginalized. It is only through the centering and leadership of these groups that women will be liberated — not through exclusionary white feminism, which the Pink P*ssy Hat is indicative of.

As of press time, there was no indication if knitted brown penis scarves are preferred attire for the event. Nor if pro-life women are welcomed this year.

Feature Image via Women’s Electoral Lobby

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  1. wazzup

    January 11, 2018 at 1:26 pm

    First off, there are no women with penises, that is science fiction. Second, it’s all pink inside.

    • JOHN

      January 11, 2018 at 4:30 pm

      This. This is what i logged in to say, amen.

      • Ralph Abernathy

        January 12, 2018 at 7:23 am

        Trans “women with penises” are marginalizing and erasing the experiences of committed trans women who had gender-realignment surgery to remove those vestigial parts. These micro-aggressions against this already disempowered group should be called out for the systemic rhetorical violence that it is.

    • Lenny Schafer

      January 15, 2018 at 2:25 am

      A woman can certainly have a penis. It goes with the extra asshole she’s dragging around.

  2. Susan Fox

    January 11, 2018 at 2:56 pm

    Why not wear clear plastic bags with ears and, for some or all (your choice!), a deflated baggie between? Force folks to guess what color or gender group you identify with, and whether you do or don’t still have a set. Or just put a clear plastic bag over your head and cinch it down tight. Let the coroner guess.

  3. Belinda

    January 11, 2018 at 4:01 pm

    Where will the clit be knit ????

  4. Sharon

    January 11, 2018 at 4:06 pm

    These women make me ashamed to be a woman.

    • Belinda

      January 12, 2018 at 5:58 pm

      *** Hi Sharon **

      Oh I so agree with you….I still do not understand the reasoning motivating the protest.

      And what bothers me as well is that they discarded all their rubbish/placards/signs on the street for other people to tidy up after them. How arrogant, careless and disrespectful.

      Left wing SJWs are evil. To blatantly and dismissively wave the hammer and sickle banner – a flag under which tens of millions people died needlessly (probably more) – demonstrates their ignorance and hypocrisy.

  5. Danlantic

    January 11, 2018 at 5:19 pm

    Multinational women? Like Melania? I think she’s doing OK for herself.

  6. nuts mc dougal

    January 11, 2018 at 5:29 pm

    and the very same women wearing a pussy on their head whine about being objectified

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  8. #Truth

    January 11, 2018 at 11:08 pm

    You know why men don’t stick a dildo on their forehead when they protest; because they know they’d look like idiots and that no one would take them seriously. Draw attention to the issues, not the genitals you are wearing on your face.

  9. patrix

    January 11, 2018 at 11:13 pm

    Take your dark pussies and dick clits and fuck off then.

  10. Kathy Breidinger

    January 11, 2018 at 11:26 pm

    I find the whole “pussy hat” OFFENSIVE! When I see sh*t like that I feel embrassed and offended that women would stoop so low as wear something like that on their heads. If they want to protest no problem what so ever. But have a little dignity.

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  12. Hairaticrick

    January 13, 2018 at 1:39 am

    If its has a penises thens its nots a women’s.

  13. ColinJ

    January 13, 2018 at 11:46 pm

    Just think, folks, this is the bullshit Oprah is going to be forced to support if she wants to become President.

  14. Bookish1

    January 14, 2018 at 9:46 am

    White people problems!
    But seriously, why are they always focused on vaginas? Maybe if they focused more on the clitoris, they’d all be happier.

  15. Hairaticrick

    January 14, 2018 at 4:25 pm

    “You know, nobody can speak for your experience,” she said.
    So, very true but, where are you going to find anyone who gives a flip about you whining?

    “You often can look just about anywhere and see a white person leading black people. But rarely do you see it in reverse.”
    So, you missed that whole Obama thing? HA! They sure make them dumb! HA!

  16. Hairaticrick

    January 14, 2018 at 4:32 pm

    If you want the correct human anatomy to truly represent all members of your Commie collective then make some butts.

  17. Karim Ghantous

    January 14, 2018 at 9:00 pm

    You are going to love this: a kids’ book about a young feminist girl and a pussy hat – except you can’t call it a pussy hat if you’re marketing to 5 year-olds.

    https://www.penguin.com.au/books/the-pink-hat-9780143789369

    I guess it’s okay for girls to wear their vaginas on their heads, now?

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