Minorities and women find themselves feeling threatened and need the rest of us to stand with them. There’s a symbol you can wear to let the handicapped, children, people of color, immigrants, the elderly, and other vulnerable people know you will help. It’s the humble safety pin. Wear it on your shoulder or lapel. The pin represents a shout-out to ANY person who feels threatened.
The idea started in England after the BREXIT vote raised the threat level against immigrants or anyone who looked like an immigrant. People started wearing the safety pin to indicate that they would help fend off verbal abusers or help provide a united front is tense situations. Now, it is the United States seeing similar increases in hateful racist, misogynist rhetoric and behavior.
You can look in your sewing kit or in your craft supplies for a plain safety pin to wear. You can even dress it up with some beads if you’re crafty. I checked on Amazon and found some with bling that elevates them to the level of jewelry. Hey, why not help others and look good at the same time.
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Wearing a safety pin isn’t just for women. Men wear them too. Be a hero and stand up for the vulnerable. When you see bullying, go sit with the person and let the bullies see that the victim has friends. When you see a woman being sexually harassed, intervene and help her out.
Here are some plain styles of safety pins that can be worn on your sweater, shoulder or lapel of a jacket. Some come in a batch. Think about distributing to your friends, neighbors, co-workers, or club members. Explain the purpose of wearing a safety pin. The pin is about offering a safe place to anyone, independent of skin color, religion, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation etc.
As for who wears a pin, it doesn’t matter what candidate you voted for in this election. It isn’t to identify Democrat vs Republican. Anyone of any party or not political in any way can wear a safety pin as a symbol of safety. Besides wearing a pin, I am going to do my best to show I am a “safe” person through my words and actions. I know it will be difficult but I’ll do my best.
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I particularly like the safety pins as a symbol of safety in a world of too much hate. The first ones here, also include a heart. That seems particularly appropriate. The one that’s very plain might appeal to the purist or someone wanting a masculine look.
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Safety Pin Necklaces
You can wear your safety pin symbol of safety as a necklace too or even a bracelet.
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A friend commented on the safety pin idea, “I wear it in solidarity with anyone who is afraid right now; woman, man, child — it does not matter. I want them to know they do not need to fear me. What I have found interesting is how many on the Right are attempting to disparage this symbol. I would not think to do so to anyone who wears a pink or red ribbon in support of someone who has faced either of those issues. How is this any different?”
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