I’m Not Down With the Safety Pin Backlash
Anoosh Jorjorian

Ok, I’m only a woman and not of any other marginalized group. But I have been assaulted, for being a woman, while other people watched and did nothing. I live in a place where I feel aggression towards women is more accepted than in the places I was raised. I am also one who shares my liberal opinions despite the leanings of those in my environment, and it makes me a target. So, if I were to see someone with a safety pin on it would honestly help me, in a time where I feel like I am surrounded by angry and potentially violent people. I started out wearing one, and understood what it meant. I did not feel comfortable putting it on, because I thought it would endanger me more, but I did it anyway. Now, though, I have stopped wearing it because it seems among other (and I’m sure more marginalized) groups that this act upsets more than it helps. I can’t pretend to understand these feelings though, because like I said, it is a gesture that makes me feel better as a potential victim. But, I know, I’m not the most oppressed out of all groups of people.

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