your feminist guffaw

17 Jul

The Pussycat League!  I can’t possibly imagine why I haven’t heard about this feminist organization, formed in 1969:

pussycat league

While they shared causes with these organizations (and let’s pause for a moment and relish the thought of how the women of these groups would have responded to this collective grouping), these pussycats sought equality by turning on men through “the power of enticement.”  I’m guessing there weren’t many lesbians in the pussycat ranks, in spite of the group’s name sounding like a hotbed of sapphic activity.

Their plans for bringing about legalized abortion in New York? A hospitality suite during legislative hearings on abortion where “Pussycats will be on hand to shine shoes for harried legislators, sew on buttons and render other feminine assistance.”  Part of me wants to say, well fuck – if darning socks is the solution to safeguarding abortion rights, hand me sewing kit.  The rest of me feels a little pukey that I’d even consider that.

(From the article, “Pussycats Purr for Rights of Women” in LA Times, Nov. 23, 1969)

3 Responses to “your feminist guffaw”

  1. twodonnell July 17, 2013 at 8:33 pm #

    I can’t wait to hear more about this PL. I highly doubt that those methods would be effective. I suspect, in fact, that they’d only entrench the very ideas they were resisting.

    • chelsea July 18, 2013 at 6:08 am #

      I’ll see what I encounter as I go along, still I just stumbled across them and wanted to share my giggles. A quick search of NYT gives only 4 results. I’ve learned that their slogan was “purr, baby, purr.” But yeah, I find it hard to believe you can fight misogyny with, you know, misogyny.

    • chelsea July 18, 2013 at 6:15 am #

      Huh. Well it seems one of the founders helped expose the Lewinsky situation. She also claimed to represent Women’s News Service on the McGovern press corps – in reality she was on leave from the Service and was being paid to pass along dirt to the Nixon campaign. So she obviously has a long history of service to women.

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