Monday, March 05, 2012

political statement about women's sexual health made with crochet?

I stumbled across an article on The Examiner today... and I must admit, I'm a wee bit stunned and intrigued. I can't say this is a political stance I wish to make but I think it is noteworthy enough for a crocheter to make a comment.

Here is a link to the article: http://www.examiner.com/knitting-in-providence/congressmen-to-get-knit-and-crocheted-vaginas

Basically - the article is a summary of a call to arms that apparently happened on Ravelry. With all the talk of women's sex issues and reproductive rights/freedom, a knitter from Colorado decided to create for Congress - create vaginas, uteruses, and other female reproductive parts using yarn and send them to your local congressman with a rather blunt note, which I won't write here.

Of course, the case of Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown University student who wishes that the purchase of contraceptives be included in the university insurance plan, was brought up. She was a driving force to this movement after pundant Rush Limbaugh called her a 'slut' (and later apologized for.. in a not so apologetic way.... reminded me of my son saying he was sorry to my daughter).

I have a rather interesting opinion on the topic that I don't think I should share here. Let's just say I don't necessarily agree with Fluke or Congress or Limbaugh's attempt to get higher ratings.... I'd be willing to share my thoughts and views, but I just don't think this is the venue for that.

Apparently this "call to arms" was sent out via Twitter and was re-tweeted over and over - expected to have hit the message board of well over 2 million people. Donna Druchunas (website here: http://www.sheeptoshawl.com/) sent out the original tweet and is being supported by thousands.

The part that I'm glad to see is that fiber art is taking the forefront of this movement.

And I have to admit, I have gotten a little bit of a chuckle at thinking about how many crocheted vaginas are in the mail right now.... and the face of any of the Congressman when they open their package.

Or the confused look of any postal worker who ends up handling a damaged parcel - and sees whats inside.

Interesting, funny, and rather to the point - that's what I got from this political statement.



NOTE: if you were wanting to participate, there are links to some patterns in the original article linked at the top of this post.

4 comments:

Tink said...

while I am in the UK and therefore not directly affected by any of this, I am pleased to see my own crocheted uterus pattern listed in the Ravelry group! 

CrochetBlogger said...

What a fascinating project. Definitely attention-getting, regardless of political opinions. And I love seeing fiber arts/ domestic crafts at the forefront of anything!

Cris said...

 very cool! :)

Cris said...

 Yea - that's why I chose to NOT put in my opinion/position. I just think its an interesting way to make a statement.. WITH my favorite craft :P

OH - btw - the package arrived today!

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