If the war on women — one (male) politician after another taking the podium to explain why Women Shalt Not Have Access to Birth Control because Sex Ought Only To Be Had For the Purposes of Procreation — is irking, enraging and generally disgusting you, here’s a way to take those angry feelings and put them to good creative, crafty use.
How about knitting a uterus? Or crocheting one, if you’d rather?
Government Free VJJ is, in the words of Jezebel, a project with the aim of having “ladies knit or crochet lovely versions of uteruses (plus cervixes and vulvas) and mail them to their representatives,” so that those who have not been endowed with such female organs can have their very own in red or hot pink or paler hues. You can use one of these patterns or make up your own; make sure to fill out this form so the project can keep track of which politician is getting which hand-knit female organs.
Some may say this Snatchel Project is all a waste of yarn that could be used for making sweet little baby booties or some such. But the “women’s work” of making things with fibers — knitting, crocheting, spinning, weaving, sewing — has a long history as a way for women to express themselves and get a powerful message across.
Penelope tricked her many suitors not to press her to marry as long as she was weaving a shroud for Laeetes, father of her long-away husband, Odysseus; she wove the shroud by day and unwound it at night until her craftiness was revealed.
Philomela, after being raped by her brother-in-law Tereus who cut out her tongue so she could not speak, wove a tapestry depicting what had happened to her and sent it her sister Procne; the two sisters than took revenge on Tereus.
A little craftiness can say a lot more than you might think.
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