Exclusion Attached to the “pussyhat”


There are many issues that the “pussyhat” poses as a symbol of ‘womanhood’ and this article deals with the issue of the exclusion attached to the symbol in terms of race and ethnicity. What even is womanhood? Times have definitely changed, a lot, and society today has broadened the sense of what it means to be a woman. In this article author Amiya Nagpal, who is Indian, eloquently states that the colour of the pussy hat being pink excludes any non-white woman: “The march conflated womanhood with having a vagina. The march conflated being a woman with having a pink vagina. Pictures from the various events show seas of people in bright pink vagina hat. My vagina is not pink.” These marches were supposed to be about uniting all women and not dictated by white supremacy. The pink pussy hats are a physical manifestation of the failure that comes with liberal feminism in terms of its inability to be self-reflexive, which is why feminism must be intersectional in order to have any kind of meaning. All representations of womanhood must be represented in order to truly project an image of unity and embracing diversity. However, like I said this is only one of the issues linked to the “pussyhat”…

Natasha Perkin

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