As soon as I read of the safety pin as a symbol of safety, I was on board. Maybe it was impulsive, but I needed to latch onto something meaningful after learning Donald Trump would be our president-elect.
So I’ve been wearing my pin and sorting through what it means to me. I’ve read pieces online shouting that safety pins aren’t enough. Of course, they aren’t. Pin wearers know that. We aren’t idiots. This backlash bothered me, but it also made me think harder about what the safety pin means to me and why I’ve committed to wear it for as long as I believe is necessary.
I wrote the following for Contemptor.com to explain what the safety pin means to me.