Last year’s trend for making political statements through dress continues to be a strong influence in 2017.
The National Mall in Washington may become a sea of pink tomorrow. For two months, Krista Suh and Jayna Zweiman, founders of the Pussyhat Project, have called on those attending the Women’s March on Jan. 21 to wear a pink hat to create a strong visual statement at the march. The movement also allows those unable to attend the march to support the event by wearing a pussyhat wherever they are. The name of the hats were inspired by President Trump’s comments in a 2005 tape in which he said: “Grab them (women) by the pussy. You can do anything.”
A view of the march, January 21, 2017
The hats are simple, consisting of a crocheted or knitted rectangle folded in half and stitched up the sides. For those who aren’t crafty, hats can be found from various online sources.
As the feminist movement built momentum towards the end of the 1960s, a story emerged about militant protestors removing their brassieres and burning them in a garbage can in protest of the September 1968 Miss America Beauty contest in Atlantic City. However, no bras were actually burned at that protest. Several trappings of femininity were ceremoniously tossed into a “freedom trash can” including bras, girdles, cosmetics, and high heeled shoes.
The story of the burning bra was the result of a misunderstood metaphor created by a journalist who equated the burning of draft cards in protest of Vietnam to feminists hypothetically “burning the bra of oppression.” The image conjured up from the statement grew into a false memory, good story, and eventually a self-fulfilling prophecy when a bra was set ablaze to garner media attention for a protest about a police rape report in Toronto in March, 1979.
There was also a song by a British group “St. Cecilia”, done in 1972 called “C’Mon Ma Burn Your Bra”: