Sewanee classics professor Stephanie McCarter recently published an article on the modern symbol of the "Pussyhat", using this as an avenue of exploration into the historical depictions of women's handicrafts as tools of resistance throughout centuries of oppression.
Her article, entitled "From Penelope to Pussyhats, the Ancient Origins of Feminist Crativism: On Subversive Uses of Women's Handicrafts throughout History" was published online at the Literary Hub.
In the piece McCarter explores how women have historically used "craft, cunning, [and] coded speech" as "weapons of the oppressed" citing examples like Penelope (Odyssey) and Philomela (Metamorphoses).
Her article can be found here.
Stephanie McCarter is an Associate Professor of Classics at Sewanee: The University of the South in Tennessee, where she regularly teaches courses related to women and gender in Classical antiquity.
She is the author of Horace between Freedom and Slavery: The First Book of Epistles and has written essays connecting antiquity to the contemporary world for Eidolon and The Millions. She is currently at work on a translation of Horace's lyric poems.