A year ago, pussy hats were all the rage. They have since become iconic, and so the New York Times asked women where they are now.
Nicole Cesare of Philadelphia stashes hers in a “go bag” along with pens, a notebook and snacks in case she needs to rush to a protest. Whitney Logan of Fairway, Kan., puts hers on when she makes phone calls to her senators and representatives: “It gives me courage,” she said. Emily Kilbourn, in Bethlehem, Connecticut, wears hers when she’s going somewhere she knows she’ll run into conservatives: “Amazing what a smile, wave, and a tip of the pussy hat will do!”
Amazing, indeed. What will it do? She doesn’t say. But yesterday, women marched again. It was glorious, if the faces of marchers are any reflection.
“In 2018 I want to end this rape culture.”
Hey, marching is fun, good exercise and gets you outside. There’s nothing wrong with marching. There’s certainly nothing wrong with protesting. It’s as American as apple pie, and it should be. But there’s one nagging question. What are they marching for?
There appears to be a very general theme about women wanting to “be heard,” or in the alternative, “not be silenced.” Many want women elected to office, especially the presidency. Some want equal rights for all. And most want to express their hatred for Trump.
New York marchers said they felt empowered: ‘I feel like the revolution is now.’
That’s what Vanessa Medina, a 32-year-old nurse, said prompted her to participate this year, even though she didn’t march last January. Ms. Medina, of Clifton, N.J., cited the Time’s Up campaign against sexual harassment and Republicans’ attempts to defund Planned Parenthood as her reasons for protesting.
“I want equal pay,” her 11-year-old daughter, Xenaya, chimed in. “And equal rights.”
One would assume that the marchers are aware that protesting won’t compel a president to resign, and that the way to get a different president is by electing her. One would similarly expect them to appreciate that putting more women in office similarly happens at the polls.
So aside from hating Trump, what was the point of the march? It appears that each marcher got to make up her own personal cause, offer some vague platitude and get some fresh air and exercise.
“In 2018, we want girls to stay strong and be confident in what they can do. The more that we stand together, the more that we can do together”