The Women’s March on January 21, 2017 was an historic moment, withmillions of people marching around the world the day after Trump was sworn into office. And from photos on the ground to aerial ones showing the massive crowds, there was one standout piece of protest gear: The handmade bright pink “pussy hat.” The hats were a grassroots, direct response to Trump’s comments last year that he could grab women “by the pussy” because he’s famous.
In the weeks leading up to the Women’s March, women (and presumably men and non-binary folks) across the world furiously knit the pink, cat-eared hats in order to send President Trump the very clear message that he better keep his hands — and laws — to himself. It was an incredibly sex-positive moment, with so many people defending a part of our bodies that is so often treated as taboo or dirty and putting it front and center in the international conversation about our rights.
Since the Women’s March, there have been more protests than I’ve seen in my entire life. An entire generation is awakening to the idea that if you don’t agree with what your elected government is doing, it’s your duty to make your voice heard, loud and clear. And it’s working.
So what do you want your body to say for you when you hit the streets? Carefully chosen protest gear is not new to the Instagram generation — my mom and her peers marched against Vietnam with long hair, handmade clothing, and lots of flowers for a reason. The way we choose to adorn ourselves is a statement about what we stand for, both to each other in the streets and to the greater world when those images hit the news.
The pussy hat was a jumping off point for sex-positive protest gear, easily taken on by a wide range of people because it was cheeky, and, well, pink. If you’re looking to expand your protest gear to show that you’re the kind of person who believes that a person’s sexual choices are there own to make; that as long as sex is consensual and no one is being (un-consensually) hurt; that gender is fluid and so is sexuality, here are 13 pieces of sex-positive protest gear for the next time you hit the streets.