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The color pink and I have a complicated relationship.

On second thought, our relationship was, until recently, actually pretty simple: I really loathed and despised pink.

When I was a kid, I was asked what color I wanted my bedroom to be painted in.

"Purple," I said promptly.
"No, purple is too dark."
"Lavender, then."
"Too dark."
"Too dark."
"How about...yellow?"
"No, the dining room is yello."
"Okay," I sighed, "anything but pink."

And that is how I got a pink bedroom.

And by pink I don't mean shell pink, or peachy-pink, or even pastel pink.

I mean Pepto-Bismol *PINK*.

There was even more compulsory pink in my teen years (I'm pretty certain people were concerned that, since I didn't have a boyfriend, I was a baby lesbian, and somehow pink would be an antidote for that).

You can see why I felt that pink was a tool of the patriarchy.

What could possibly change my lifelong loathing of pink?

It's the hats.

I love the hats! All the hats, be they knitted, crocheted, sewn, woven from straw or made as origami, glittered, Bedazzled, beribboned, or with little metal claws.

Donald Trump has managed to accomplish something that decades of social pressure failed to do: get me to wear pink as a subversive color.

I declare The Pussyhat Project to be the twenty-first century suffragettes.

So, last night I was googling for some pussyhat DIY and was taken aback to discover the following article.

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"The Women's March Needs Passion and purpose, Not Pink Pussycat Hats"

Please, sisters, back away from the pink.
Pink pussycat hats, sparkly signs, color-coordinated street theater - all of it is gleefully in the works for the upcoming Women’s March on Washington on Jan. 21.
And that scares me a little. Because all of this well-intentioned, she-power frippery can make this thing more Lilith Fair than Lilly Ledbetter. And the Women’s March of 2017 will be remembered as an unruly river of Pepto-Bismol roiling through the streets of the capital rather than a long overdue civil rights march....

The Women’s March needs grit, not gimmicks.
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I felt as if someone had just stuck a pin in my pink pussyhat balloon.

And then I got angry.

I grew up as an orphan living in an unsafe environment, but I made myself the bibliophile with attitude who stands before you today.

Is that enough grit for you?

I spent most of my adult life wearing mostly black to show how cynical and tough I was, so, for me, wearing pink represents getting rid of a lot of baggage.

Is that enough grit for you?

I am a blind woman with a degree from MIT.

Is that serious enough for you?

But, mostly, I am a woman who is pretty darn peeved to find another woman spouting one of the oldest male lies that still gets touted as a legitimate excuse for men to behave badly, namely: that the way men disregard, disrespect, and dismiss women has anything to do with how women dress.


Men have said and tried to do all sorts of unbelievable things to me while I was wearing anything from a Catholic school uniform (and yes, I was a Catholic schoolgirl at the time) to baggy jeans, an old Johnny Winter t-shirt and my hair in a braid. I wasn't wearing makeup, or nail polish, or high heels. It wasn't nighttime and I wasn't on my way to a club; it was broad daylight and I was on my way either home or to the library.

Does anyone remember a few years back during an especially cold winter when there was some man wandering around Somerville exposing himself to women, and police were walking around warning women not to wear sexy clothing? Someone on LJ posted that yes, obviously it was something she wore while coming home from work that drove a man to expose his junk in sub-zero temperatures.

Let me state it clearly for the benefit of other women: it does not matter what a woman wears, a sexist man with poor self-control and anger management issues is still going to behave however he wants to behave, because he thinks his right to do or say whatever he wants trumps a woman's right to just go about her way and do her own thing.

If you want to wear a pink pussyhat, you go girl! If you want to wear a red hat and a purple dress, go for it, woman! If you want to wear a pink leopard minidress and one of those absurd miniature hats, I'll support that too.

Wear what you want to wear, live how you want to live.

Btw, I now have two pink pussyhats: one is the classic baseball cap with a black cat on it, and the other is a furry hat with a Cheshire Cat embroidered on it.
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That is, a length of crushed velvet, not sure about the material, but it's not cotton velvet.
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can be read here

Here's a snippet:
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Art and Activism: Etsy Products for People with Disabilities
by Kestrell
Published on September 21, 2009 in
Photo by
Kestrell in the Slytherin dress robes a friend made for her.


When I was growing up, I was one of those art geeks who went to museums for fun, was always drawing in the margins of my class notes, and took requests
from other kids to draw horses, unicorns, mad scientists, and various monsters.

After I went blind, finding new ways to be creative became something of an obsession. I learned to sew. I learned to tie-dye. I'm always searching for tactile
art, which can include anything from found object sculpture to costumes to textile arts.
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Me and the house Internet connection spent most of the summer being pretty flaky, and I was wondering which of us would shape up first, but it turns out, not surprisingly perhaps, that we both managed to pull ourselves together at about the same time. The Internet access has been upgraded to a T1, so vroom!

My wisdom teeth extraction on Monday went pretty well, making my dentist happier than I thought any dental procedure could (but it's nice to see he is so enthusiastic about his work), and I had a post-op checkup with my eye surgeon on Thursday and get to spend one more month with an eye patch then I get my own upgrade to new eyeballs. Green? Purple? Purple? Green? We'll see.

I rinsed out tie-dyed shirts last night, making a turquoise tunic-style one for myself and a two shades of blue one for LJ user Alexx. Today I finish up the Loch Ness bedspread and the denim jacket, which were more work-intensive than I had realized when I decided to try those two projects. I did the bedspread in twilight colors, alternating stripes of dark purple, lavender, cerulean blue, and turquoise (the idea was to simulate the effect of a woven Native American blanket). We'll see how that actually turns out.

Okay, I know other people are looking outside their windows and groaning that autumn is here, but I actually really like this weather. Perhaps it is a holdover from when I was so light-sensitive from glaucoma, but really, kudos to the elementals for the nice work today.
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If you know me chances are that you know about
my obsession with evil books
which is why I was so excited to read this tutorial on how to make your own copy of
_The Nine Gates to the Kingdom of Shadows_, the evil book from the film "The Ninth Gate" based on the novel _The Club Dumas_ by Arturo Perez-Reverte
"Do-it-yourself tome making project"
--I wonder if you could turn some of those woodcuts into a t-shirt?


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