Short Take: Cool March, But Why?

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”

Do what?

25 thoughts on “Short Take: Cool March, But Why?

  1. PDB

    My idea for making peoples’ heads explode: Pussy hat with the word “Make America Great Again” stitched on.

    1. SHG Post author

      I suspect that would be hysterical, and poorly received. Equal rights doesn’t mean, you know, equal rights.

  2. the other rob

    I feel sorry for the ladies who wanted to march in DC but were prevented from doing so by the Parks Police, on account of the shutdown.

    Oh! Wait…

  3. Rojas

    Mansplaining gas ignition….
    I wouldn’t suggest for a minute mom is unhinged.
    However, would it be patronizing to suggest she consider the virtues of Nomex in construction of her next pussy hat?
    Oh, and no capes!

    1. SHG Post author

      Stop mansplaining!!!
      But…
      Why won’t this burner work?
      The pilot…
      Stop mansplaining!!!
      ???
      This burner sucks.

  4. Matthew S Wideman

    As I read the comments on Facebook and Twitter in regards to the women’s March. I am struck at how important people think they are in “dismantling the cis gendered hetero-hierarchy”. If such people do exist in their golden mansions. I don’t think that a 30 something with poorly placed tattoos and a middle class job is going to scare them off their very expensive leather chair.

    SHG, I am becoming too cynical. Can Simple Justice have it’s own pussy hat so we (more importantly I can attach my fragile ego to a cause greater than myself) can show the “man” our feelings mean business?

    https://youtu.be/9gSQg1i_q2g

    1. SHG Post author

      Maybe we can do a march. At a designated date and time, we can all march around our desk and then pat ourselves on the back for changing the world. No hats indoors. It’s impolite.

      I wonder if the NY Times will cover it?

  5. Luke G

    You’re writing about the poorly-defined and unfocused nature of the protests as if it’s a bug, when to many protesters it’s a feature. “If it’s not intersectional, it’s not feminism!” is the rallying cry, because all the causes that make progressives cry sad tears are intrinsically intertwined. If any cause is left out in order to focus the protest on a specific call to action, that cause has suffered “erasure” and the protesters are actually bigoted scum. Thus the marchers will always give endlessly different “real reasons” for the marches, and everything will remain an inclusive and pleasantly incoherent tribute to emotion.

    1. SHG Post author

      You left out fresh air and exercise, always good reasons to march.

      To the sponsors of the march, this is an amalgam of the full panoply of social justice feminist issues. To the marchers, it’s whatever female issue they want it to be. The message of the march, ultimately is an “incoherent tribute to emotion.” So, at least they got some exercise and fresh air.

      1. Luke G

        How’d the joke post-inauguration go? What with all the protest marches, Trump has done more to get Americans exercising just by existing than Michelle Obama did in 8 years of nagging? Although when your reasons for marching are fresh air and exercise, they call it “hiking” and then you’re insufferable for entirely different reasons (usually granola-related ones).

  6. Bruce Godfrey

    The march fulfilled its own purpose: to provide an opportunity to march. While styled by some as a protest, it wasn’t – just a vaguely themed Volksmarsch, as is common in modern Germany, but in urban canyons rather than among the cherry trees of the Black Forest.

    People don’t need to have an indictment list to get together and be pissed off, or to get a permit to march. We attorneys do; we cannot simply put, to quote the meme from the last decade, “s— is f—– up and b——t” on a criminal information, complaint or memorandum. A march, like a sit-com, can be about nothing.

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