You may think that the only people who’d be bothered by vagina-related imagery at the Women’s March on Washington would be puritanical conservatives, but it turns out that some of the social-justice crowd is upset, too — because, apparently, it “isolated” transgender women from the march.
In an article for Mic titled “How the Women’s March’s ‘genital-based’ feminism isolated the transgender community,” the author, Marie Solis, explains that even though those pink, knitted “pussy hats” may have seemed like a cute idea, they “set the tone for a march that would focus acutely on genitalia at the expense of the transgender community.”
Hey, Solis? No they did not.
Many women wore “pussy hats” and made “Pussy grabs back” signs as a direct response to Donald Trump’s pussy-grabbing comments on the Access Hollywood tapes. These women were (and have every right to be) upset about those specific comments, and so they were protesting in a way that made that message clear.
Yes, a large amount of women had signs referencing their vaginas, but that’s because the comments on those tape — about vaginas — had an impact on a lot of women. If you don’t have a vagina, and there is a non-vagina related reason that you are marching, then feel free to express that on your sign. Nobody has the right to tell you how to feel, but the fact is, you don’t have the right to suggest that other people shouldn’t express how they feel, either.
–Katherine Timpf is a reporter for National Review Online.