Knitting as Social Protest

I like to think that one of the things knitting and crocheting teaches you is to think creatively about problems. After all, you start a project with nothing but sticks and string, and in the end you have a finished garment that someone can wear. Certainly, knitters are some of the more creative people that I know.

We use this creativity in a lot of different ways, to warm our families, to comfort an ailing friend, and most recently to launch a protest about women’s reproductive rights. Now, I can’t claim credit for any of this.  I’m not currently even joining them in the knitting, but this is such a creative and fun way to respond to the recent political situation that I just had to write about it.

You see, a group of knitters who are concerned about the recent political attacks on women have started a project to send a hand-knit uterus to each male member of Congress to make a point about women’s health care and reproductive rights.

They’ve started their own group on Ravelry and have over 700 members. They call themselves Government Free V-JJ. In reading their group’s message, you might expect a feminist rant but instead, they’ve got a lively sense of humor about the whole thing. Here’s an excerpt:

Snatchel Campaign: Let’s knit a uterus for each male rep in congress. If they have their own, they can leave ours alone!

Whether you are a Democrat, a Republican, or Independent, please join us in sending a strong message to our government representatives.

We are women, we are strong, we are smart. And we have a sense of humor. We do not need you interfering with our healthcare. We do not need you probing our vaginas to help us make decisions about abortion. We do not need you to give us guidance about whether or not to take birth control. We do not need misogynistic pundits calling us sluts and prostitutes. We are half of the population and we will not be treated as children or a disenfranchised minority.

Tell the male government representatives: “Hands off my uterus! Here’s one of your own!” Knit or crochet a vagina or uterus and send it to your male representative, and print a message to enclose. Don’t forget to thank your representative if he respects women and supports our rights.

I love how they have messaged this and I can merely imagine the look on the staffer’s faces when they start opening envelopes filled with little knitted female reproductive systems. As of this writing, the group is working on a mass delivery to Congress on March 31. Women from all over America and even other parts of the world are participating.

If you want to join in, the pattern is available from our friends at Knitty: http://knitty.com/ISSUEwinter04/PATTwomb.html

Hand-Knit Uterus on Knitty.com

It’s craftivism at its best. Maybe I should join in. Now, where did I put that pink yarn?

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One thought on “Knitting as Social Protest

  1. Dana says:

    Love it!!! I know Annie from our group is making one.

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