I believe I am starting to be quite the controversial blogger. I love that you all feel passionately about the things I write about, whether you agree with me or not.
Of course I am talking about the Pussy Hat Project. I have to tell you that when my SIL, who has her Ph.D in education and worked for years with University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, asked me to help her make this hat I was a little floored by the name. It is not a word I use, have ever used or agree with using. I feel it is extremely derogatory and insensitive. Yet after reading the meaning behind what the two creators of the project intended, I joined in at full speed.
I agree we should not lower ourselves. I agree we should reach high, but that has not worked really well so far. The creators of this project, Krista Suh and Jayna Zwelman wanted to make a strong visual statement on the day of the march. Well pink hats with corners that can represent ears will make that statement, even if you think they look a bit silly. This is a pattern seen frequently on Ravelry, and it is not offensive in its other forms. Yet the name of this hat makes it quite controversial. It is a play on the words pussy cat, and of course a reference to the word our President Elect has chosen to refer to women and where he likes to grab them. I like this quote from the project webpage, "We choose this loaded word for our project because we want to reclaim the term as a means of empowerment." It helped me understand where they were coming from. And frankly a less controversial name would not have garnered the attention that this name has, whether you agree with the name or not.
I thank you for you interesting comments. I thank you for those of you who made hats, passed on the pattern or simply chose to abstain from the whole thing. I am not the only one making this project. You can find many articles about this project online, here are just a few from Huffington Post, Yes! Magazine, The Detroit Free Press, and Bustle, and the links to Ravelry and Facebook.
Here is the hat I made for my SIL. She was very pleased with it. I have now finished number two and am casting on number three tonight.
Here is Mr. 23 modeling the hat above.
Onto other thoughts. My house is a lot quieter these days. Mr.19 went back to school on Sunday, and Mr.23 and his darling girlfriend returned to Ohio yesterday. I have to admit I have cried a few tears. I really feel whole when they are all around, when they are gone I feel like I am missing a part of my body. I always think I will get used to it but I don't. Little Buddy is missing them all, too. He told me yesterday that his biggest brother and girlfriend were missing him, but that is okay they will come back to F is for Florida again. Yes, Little One, they sure will.