After the election ended, memes started popping up about wearing safety pins to show solidarity with those who wish to stay safe from what people seem to think are violent Trump supporters. It shows less about your solidarity and more about your sex practices. (Oh, and today six communists were arrested for attacking Trump supporters.)

The New York Times wrote, “The latest political fashion statement? The safety pin, an object that’s been adopted in the past by statement-making celebrities.”

“On Friday, the actor Patrick Stewart posted a photo of himself to Twitter wearing a pin on his jacket, and the photographer Cass Bird shared an Instagram post about why she’s wearing one that started with “If you wear a hijab, I’ll sit with you on the train” and ended with: “If you need me, I’ll be with you. All I ask is that you be with me, too.” Between the two statements, sentences began with “If you’re a person of color … ” and “If you’re a refugee … ”” (Emphasis added by the editor. Keep those phrases in mind going forward.)

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There’s also this. Buzzfeed wrote an article about the “ALT RIGHT COOPTING OUR SAFETY PIN” (I’m paraphrasing).

Wearing a safety pin on your shirt is part of the gay “Handkerchief Code” which broadcasts your sexual willingness to other members of the gay community. Collin Crews posted on the site gayinthe80s.com, “But then as I entered the scene I began to learn about ‘the hanky code’. I really can’t remember too many details of what each one meant: my self-esteem was already so low I didn’t want to reduce my chances of getting laid even further by specifying what type of sex I preferred! Having said that, I did wear a safety pin from pretty early on to signal that I was into safe sex. Indeed, at one point I had a six inch long red safety pin stuck through a button hole in my denim jacket!”

Not surprising.

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2 Comments

  1. President Trump really kicked ass yesterday with his amazing speech. IT IS TIME TO MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN! Watch his full speech here

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  2. That’s precisely the point, numbnuts. to use a symbol formerly used by a group which is now being even more maligned and harrassed by your knuckledragging cohorts in the alt right.

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