When I first heard that the pinky pussy hats were starting to be viewed as racist, I laughed out loud. I figured these were the mindless thoughts of white liberal reddit threads… until I was informed that entire marches are beginning to ban the hats for promoting racism and transphobia. It began with the Pensacola “Women’s March (am I allowed to call it that?? Is my bigotry showing already because I used the word “woman” and not something more gender inclusive?),” and now third-wave feminists across America have joined Pensacola to bask in their inclusionary glory by banning the iconic pink, cat-eared hats scattered through every “Women’s March” last January. Despite that the hats were banned for their unbearable racism and transphobia, I’m left thinking that they are the ones who seem to be harboring racism and transphobia the most.
Let’s start with the transphobia. I’m normally not one to talk about transphobia much, seeing as I’m gender critical. But I couldn’t help but notice which group within the gender spectrum is being silenced every single chance SJWs get: trans men. In the midst of everyone constantly going out of their way to make room, make space, change language, etc. for the inclusion of transwomen, transmen are left forgotten and muted. Talking from a non-gender critical perspective, both transmen and women have pussies. Both transmen and women have historically and systemically been oppressed solely for having such genitalia, and odds are both groups have experienced firsthand violence as a result. For example, the pussy hats were made in response to a crude and violent comment made by our President: “Grab ’em by the pussy!” He didn’t say “Grab ’em by the womanhood!” Gender critical women are continuously slandered for being transexclsionary, but it is clear that we are the only ones willing to listen to and lift up the voices of transmen, because we know their oppression doesn’t go away after testosterone treatments or surgery. The pussyhat ban is transexclusionary because it is excluding, as always, trans men. It is silencing and ignoring the violence they receive, as well as the violence we receive, for being born with pussies. It does “exclude” transwomen, yes, but does every bit of speech on female oppression have to speak of transwomen’s violence? Are no statements just allowed to talk about violence “women-born-women” and transmen receive because talking about the violence we receive solely on behalf of our vagina is bigotry now? It seems that silencing and ignoring the violence of anyone born in a female body is the main liberal agenda, and it is leftist misogyny as its peak.
Now let’s get to the part white liberals shout about on an endless loop through their white SJW echo chambers despite clearly not giving two shits: racism. Leaders of “Women’s Marches” are claiming the hats are racist because only white women’s vaginas are pink and that isn’t very inclusionary… Was there a biology class I missed? I always strived to be white when I was a kid, ashamed of my desi heritage. I got over it, but now?! How am I supposed to get over the fact that white women have magenta genitalia?! I mistakenly thought they were different shades of peach and tan… Do they grow teal pubic hair, too? Thank goodness for liberals informing us uneducated women of color. I know now that pink is the new color of racism. Nevermind the fact that the co-creator of the pussy hat is a woman of color herself, and attributing them to white women is erasing the work of a woman of color on what became a global symbol of female solidarity across the globe.
It quickly became very obvious that women of color were not on board with this decision, never even on board to make the decision. Women of color, myself included, began filling comment threads of the Penascola “Women’s March.” We addressed that no woman of color is on record saying the hats are racist, stating that they are not racist and we do not need men or white folks to speak for us (see screenshots below). Were any of our comments, the comments of the same women of color that white liberals and men gave themselves credit for liberating, even met with a discussion? Nope! But we got something that truly exemplified how liberals feel about listening to women of color instead: we all got blocked. As soon as I got blocked, my inbox filled with fellow woman of color, all with a similar story. As soon as we have beliefs regarding our oppression that don’t meet the standard white liberal narrative, such as being gender critical, we are silenced. Didn’t Crenshaw coin “intersectionality” to promote listening to women of color in the first place? As a fellow woman of color said to me, “they claim they must center our voices but it seems to me they are just using us as pawns for the trans agenda.”
The Pensacola “Women’s March” claimed to ban the hats partially on behalf of white feminism. I can’t think of a way to make feminism anymore white feminist or white supremacist than only allowing the the voices and thoughts of white folks and men to be heard.
“I wrote this statement based off of years of research I have been working on and contributing to,” commented Devin Cole, the white male who figured it was necessary to ban the hats, on the Pensacola “Women’s March” Facebook page. “If the petty bourgeoisie, white supremacist ‘feminists’ in Pensacola shitting their pants on this thread can’t realize that, then please feel free to stay the hell home.” Though, I will give credit where credit is due. Staying home from someone who self-identifies as a “gender terrorist” sounds like a great idea. Especially if their highest form of activism is banning pink hats and silencing women of color, who experience enough oppression to not need years of research to understand oppression itself, and to understand that we have bigger problems than pink hats with cat ears. If the goal of the “Women’s Marches” banning the pink pussy hats was to achieve intersectionality, it is clear that they severely have ways to go.
-Unsilenced Brown Girl