It was strange to see this cat girl emerge. She was painted just before the time that women were donning knitted pink cat hats. They were called “pussyhats” and worn in the 2017 Women’s March on Washington DC.
A little recent history lesson from Google:
A pussyhat is a pink, crafted hat, created in large numbers by thousands of participants involved with the United States 2017 Women’s March. They are the result of the Pussyhat Project, a nationwide effort initiated by Krista Suh and Jayna Zweiman, a screenwriter and architect located in Los Angeles, to create pink hats to be worn at the march for visual impact.
As an artist, have you noticed this…not only does your art respond to the political and socio-economic climate, but sometimes it is almost predictive. Artists, poets, writers, creative beings have a heightened sensitivity. It’s no surprise that they can tune into something before it hits the press. And express it through their art.
Obviously, my girl’s hat isn’t pink–but the concept of woman merging with cat, with her wild nature–and yes, she has magic–are reminders to myself. A woman is an enigma to the male of our species. Rather than men fearing and trying to dominate what they don’t understand, why not honor her? Why not seek her out for wise counsel? Why not be curious to know her more deeply? Why not recognize that she has gifts to share (that he does not possess) and lend value to them?
That men are making most of the rules, guiding the politics of our lives, belies the fact that women comprise over 50% of the population in America! 2019 census shows 168.08 million women versus 161.48 million men! When are women going to realize that they have more power for change than they are exercising?
There are so many things in place in our society (and world) that we know are morally wrong and socially unjust. Women know this deeply…if they could gather their courage and unify their voices, change for the good would occur.
What is something you, as a woman alive today, are called to take a stand on? How are you going to align yourself with what you know to be true and correct? Is there an action you know that you need to take? One step at a time…dare to take the first one.