Discussion: Sending Crochet Vaginas to Our Government

by Kathryn on March 9, 2012 · 1 comment

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At the beginning of this week I learned from a post on Crochet with Cris about a unique political project going on right now that I thought was curious enough to make this week’s Friday Open Crochet Discussion. It’s a project launched by knitting author Donna Druchunas to bombard local politicians with a knit/ crochet message.

The Project

If you aren’t familiar with this project, yet, here’s a little description:

“Inflamed by the recent Rush Limbaugh lambasting of Sandra Fluke and the never-ending attempts by males to control women’s choices, a politics-savvy knitter from Colorado hatched the idea on Twitter to send every interfering male government representative a knit or crochet vagina, cervix, or uterus, marked: “Get your prehistoric laws out of my V-JJ! Better yet, here’s one of your own!” source

So basically Druchunas announced on Twitter that she’d created a new Ravelry group for people interested in participating in raising awareness of women’s issues among male politicians by bombarding them with knit and crochet female parts and a note.

Today’s Crochet Discussion

I don’t want to talk about what you think of the politics of this issue but rather what you think of the movement itself, to use knit and crochet (so commonly considered women’s crafts) to make big political statements about women’s issues.

Some thoughts and questions to consider:

  • This reminds me of some of the women’s movement efforts of the 1960′s and 1970′s. And yet, it’s different because it has the huge power of the Internet and social media behind it. Thoughts on the new technology twist on modern political efforts and how it relates to women’s issues?
  • Will an effort like this make a difference politically? Will the government authorities receiving these items take them seriously as political statements? Is it enough to raise awareness through the existence of such a project?
  • What do you think of using crochet to make political statements? Is it something you’d do for a cause you believe in? Why or why not?
  • Cris mentioned in her post that irrelevant of her political views, it kind of made her smile to think of thousands of yarn-y reproductive parts in the mail at once. I’m not sure why but that thought kind of makes me smile too. Thoughts?
  • There is often a divide between knitters and crocheters but this is an example of people coming together in a collaborative project. Thoughts on that side of the issue?

Before you Comment …

In the Friday open discussion you are always encouraged to respectfully share your honest opinions. However, do keep in mind today that what we’re talking about is the use of crochet and knitting to send political messages, NOT the issue of women’s health/ women’s right to choice. There’s a place for people to have those discussions and this isn’t it. I reserve the right to moderate out any comments that aren’t relevant to the knit/crochet conversation.

 

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joyannerose
joyannerose

Two points to consider.  First, due to the sexual nature of the crocheted items, I don't think men would take this as a serious political move.  I tend to think they'd make fun of these items instead.

Second, and actually more important to me, there are cancer support groups that promote cancer awareness for those "below the belt" cancers that are often overlooked.   To that end, crocheted female sexual organs are made, anatomically correct, in an attempt to teach women about self awareness, to know what normal looks like, and to help open discussions on the different types of cancers, symptoms, research, cures, etc..  

So I guess I'm saying, I don't want something that can be a useful tool turned into a joke.  I realize this is not anyone's intention, and that there may be little awareness of this use for crocheted sexual organs.  I just felt this is a fact that should be taken into consideration before deciding if you want to participate or not in this movement.

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