Reflecting on Pink Pussy Hats: Friday Admin Post

Happy Friday, FAMsters!

As a heads up, this post will be addressing Pussy Hats. Any comments or concerns regarding this should be sent to an admin.

Yesterday a great conversation started about the inclusiveness of the Pussy Hat movement. It takes a lot of courage for someone to challenge the status quo or poke holes in a progressive or liberal, especially in defense of PoC, the LGBTQ+ community, or any community that is under attack.

Unfortunately, well measured, educated and helpful comments explaining the problems with this ideology of the pussy hats were met with dissent, aggression, and dismissive sometimes racist and transphobic comments from some of our members.

To be clear: These types of comments will not be tolerated. If our members who are marginalized and oppressed don’t feel comfortable sharing with the rest of us their concerns, problematic systems, we are doomed to repeat some of our mistakes.

As for the hats: It cannot be ignored that these hats are exclusive to a certain type of woman, and others like women of color and trans women are not represented in the pink pussy hat like white women are. This, for many is hard to hear but is also the truth. When members of our community come to us with a problem that literally hurts them on a personal and systematic level, and we meet them with “get over it” and “knit your own hat”, it means that we don’t value those voices.

With all that being said, below are some very well written, educational articles on this topic that are integral to transcending into intersectionality. It is the only way for us to truly be inclusive and to lift everyone up to where they deserve to be.

Again, we know this may be hard for some of you to hear, but it’s even harder for some among us who experience racism, transphobia and oppression on every end of the spectrum. Read these articles, sit with your uncomfortable feelings, and if after a while you’re still uncomfortable, put out a call for someone to help you work through this stuff you’re feeling.

http://twwusa.org/4809/member-voices-pink-pussy-hats/

Thanks, Sarah Butler !

http://faze.ca/feminism-101-the-importance-of-intersectionality/

https://everydayfeminism.com/2017/05/allies-say-this-instead-defensive/

Again, these are meant to educate and provoke thought. Please reach out on the pinned FB thread should you wish to have a thoughtful conversation with someone who understands these topics. We are so lucky to have members who are willing to teach this stuff to us. We are grateful!

Forward,
Anne, Anne and Jen

Forward Action Michigan Administrators

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