I made myself a Pussy Hat for the Womens’ March. And I wanted to talk about it this week. Because I wasn’t going to knit one. I saw other activists all over the place knitting these hats and I just didn’t see the point. What the hell was a damn pink hat going to do given what we were facing. And what the hell was the point of all the damn #NotMyPresident tweeting and stuff. I wasn’t going to bother going to the women’s march, anyway. I guess I just wasn’t feeling it, what was the point of all these protests, shouldn’t we be spending our energies on doing something that actually did something?
Well, I was wrong. These ‘silly’ hats are something. I did end up going to a march on Saturday. And I saw a sea of pink hats and protest signs and it made me feel cautiously hopeful for a few hours.
And then I saw the sea of pink hats at all the other sister marches across the country and in other countries too. And I guess I realized something about the marches and protests. Something my wife has been telling me since November when I started feeling so defeatist about marches and protests.
The protests make us feel better. It lets us know that we’re not alone. We aren’t in this fight by ourselves. It’s scary as hell out there right now, between the gag orders on Scientists, the removal of the LGBT section from the white house page, the promises to defund Planned Parenthood, the violence being perpetrated against people of color in this country, and the disastrous excuse for a human being that half the country voted in as president.
These are the times when we need to have marches and gatherings, and yeah, we need to make pink damn hats, because we need to be able to see each other and to know that we’re not alone. Safety pins turned into a cluster fuck and I’m sure given enough time the hats could turn into one too, although, I’ll have a hell of a good laugh watching the white supremacists trying to take over the pink kitty ear hat thing.
If the hats help us hang together in this shit storm of an administration then that’s what matters. And when I say together I mean an inclusive together where we include ALL marginalized groups, trans folks, sex workers, people of color, disabled people, we all need to help hold each other up. If bringing yourself up throws someone else under the bus it’s not good enough.
So, if you don’t already have one, it’s an incredibly easy pattern even if you’re not an accomplished knitter. You should absolutely give it a try!! Also there are crochet and sewn versions too if needles aren’t your thing.
And in the meantime, let’s punch some nazis.
— Steve Portigal (@steveportigal) January 22, 2017