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Pussy Hats, Politics, and Public Protest

Rachelle Hope Saltzman (editor)

ISBN: 9781496831576

Publication Date: Nov 2020

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

Focusing on the women-centred aspects of the protests that started with the 2017 Women's March, Pussy Hats, Politics, and Public Protest deals with the very public nature of that surprising, grassroots spectacle and explores the relationship between the personal and the political in the protests.
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Contributions by Susan Eleuterio, Andrea Glass, Rachelle Hope Saltzman, Jack Santino, Patricia E. Sawin, and Adam Zolkover.

The 2016 US presidential campaign and its aftermath provoked an array of protests notable for their use of humor, puns, memes, and graphic language. During the campaign, a video surfaced of then-candidate Donald Trump's lewd use of the word "pussy"; in response, many women have made the issue and the term central to the public debate about women's bodies and their political, social, and economic rights. Focusing on the women-centered aspects of the protests that started with the 2017 Women's March, Pussy Hats, Politics, and Public Protest deals with the very public nature of that surprising, grassroots spectacle and explores the relationship between the personal and the political in the protests.

Contributors to this edited collection use a folkloristic lens to engage with the signs, memes, handmade pussy hats, and other items of material culture that proliferated during the march and in subsequent public protests. Contributors explore how this march and others throughout history have employed the social critique functions and features of carnival to stage public protests; how different generations interacted and acted in the march; how perspectives on inclusion and citizenship influenced and motivated participation; how women-owned businesses and their dedicated patrons interacted with the election, the march, and subsequent protests; how popular belief affects actions and reactions, regardless of some objective notion of truth; and how traditionally female crafts and gifting behavior strengthened and united those involved in the march.
Illustrations 126 colour illustrations
Pages 140
Date Published 30 Nov 2020
Publisher University Press of Mississippi
Subject/s Politics & Government   Popular culture   Gender studies: women   Folklore, myths & legends   Demonstrations & protest movements  
Rachelle Hope (Riki) Saltzman is executive director of the Oregon Folklife Network and lecturer in the University of Oregon's Folklore and Public Culture program. Since 1982, Saltzman has worked as a public folklorist, most notably at the Iowa Arts Council and the Bureau of Florida Folklife Programs. Her publications have focused on foodways, festival and politics, cultural memory, ethnicity, and identity formation. She is author of A Lark for the Sake of Their Country: The 1926 General Strike Volunteers in Folklore and Memory, winner of the Wayland D. Hand Prize for Outstanding Book in Folklore and History from the American Folklore Society.

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