The Vagina Dialogues: An Afternoon of Craftivism Marks the Beginning of Uterine Spring

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The ladies around the tables in actress Lulu Ward's converted garage in Garland were talking serious politics as they pieced together pretty scraps of fabric Sunday afternoon. Shiny bits of pink satin, bright fuchsia felt and black and white zebra print were being sewn into puffy three-dimensional shapes that look like a woman's uterus. Some of the ladies were knitting small replicas of ladyparts, counting stitches as they whipped red yarn around tiny needles. There were plastic googly eyes and sparkly beads for embellishment. Some of the little uteruses wore smiles; others looked none too happy. You occasionally heard someone say something like "How do you stuff the pipe cleaners into the Fallopian tubes?"

The finished items, representing women upset with how their innards are being politicized, will be mailed to Texas Governor Rick Perry and other lawmakers on the state and federal levels this week as symbols of protest against the new waves of legislation turning back the clock on women's health care. The defunding of Planned Parenthood, the new trans-vaginal ultrasound procedure mandated for women seeking abortions, the attacks on birth control, the new so-called "personhood laws," the push for "abstinence education," the relentless slut-shaming by the media-political complex -- it's as if men in government finally discovered loopholes in women's reproductive rights and are trying to wrest back control of everything going on down there.

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Do these uteruses look happy?
Out of 40,000 state laws of all types enacted last year, nearly 1,000 were devoted to restricting a woman's right to legal abortion services. Even Republican Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison sees the downside of this pushback on women's healthcare, warning Rick Perry recently to back off the issue or risk losing women's votes. Hutchison expressed her support for Planned Parenthood, which provides mammograms and other preventative healthcare services to low-income women. (In mid-March, the Department of Health and Human Services announced it was ending Medicaid funding for family planning in the state of Texas, following Perry's implementation of a new law that cuts Planned Parenthood from the state's Medicaid Women's Health Program.)

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Linda Coleman and Barrett Nash take a ladylike stand for their insides.
Ward, who's starred in productions at all the major Dallas theater over the past 20 years, said her afternoon of "craftivism" was inspired in part by the bi-partisan Government-Free Vajayjay project, whose web site provides patterns and instructions for where to send a handmade vagina, uterus, womb, cervix or "snatchel." The suggested message to accompany the handsewn items going to lawmakers in both parties: "Hands off my uterus! Here's one of your own!"

The 15 women at Ward's event, including actresses Wendy Welch and Barrett Nash, Equity stage manager Cathy O'Neal and director Kimberlyn Crow, were fired up about letting men in government know how women feel about these issues. "We're pissed off and we vote," said Ward. "This is just one action we can take. It's the first item in the vaj offensive. This is our uterine spring."

During the afternoon, a cameraman from WFAA showed up to snatch some footage. A local filmmaker called to ask if he could come by to document the event.

As the little puppet uteruses started to pile up on the table, it felt like the start of a serious grassroots effort coming together. A pube-roots movement, if you will.

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SuzyQ
SuzyQ

Oh great another article defending the right to kill babies and rallies to walk around in slutty clothing.  Yet the Dallas Observer continuously ignores the plight of pothead transvestites fighting for the right to get married in a whorehouse or the right of homeless people to dine naked at a McDonalds.

Louise
Louise

What IS outdated is the ignorant notion that abortion is a legal right to murder another human, thereby sucking the human rights out of a defensless human being (50% being potential women). The new trans-vaginal ultrasound procedure hopes to put TRUTH to the fact that someone is about to murder a human being. Ignorance is believing someone who tells you your baby is a mass of cells.  How ignorant can someone be to completely ignore the reality that there IS a person inside that is DEPENDING upon their MOTHER to protect them. AND, what is wrong with "abstinence education?" After all, it is the only PERFECT birth control. It glorifies self-control, heaven forbid... and I don't think there is a single "slut" out there that is proud of their position in life. They don't need politicians to make them feel ashamed, they already feel ashamed. Heaven forbid we strive to glorify morality and decency. Goodness, we might actually have a better world out of it. These men are not trying to destroy women's rights, they are trying to protect the innocent women's rights and bring sanity back to our world! WAKE UP, WOMEN!!  Good grief.

BJacts
BJacts

You said "Snatch up some footage" . Love it.

M B Crain
M B Crain

"snatch some footage???"  Good one.(Good job, ladies and gentlemen who participated!)

Lulu
Lulu

I LOVE THIS! Thank you, Elaine, for being there and helping spread the word. And I LOVE "pube-roots movement!"

Texasdb
Texasdb

What about the baby? Human rights and all. It has to go both ways.

Barrett Nash
Barrett Nash

Continuously rockin' my world girlfriend!!! Thanks for helping to get the message out and being a wonderful advocate for all of us!

Mister_Mean
Mister_Mean

First a fetus is not a baby.   Second it is none of your business what other’s do with their lives or their bodies.   I am constantly amazed of the lack of outrage, by such people who seem to want to stick their noses where it does not belong, when we see reports of in the news of rampant child abuse by parents (the latest starving death of a young boy,   the running to death of a young girl by her mother in Alabama, and the pedophilia of church against alter boys to name just a few).    You are pro birth not pro life-“once the child is born it’s not my concern” they say. Oh we can’t fund any health care for these children be cause that is socialism.    I resent you trying to “earn” brownie points with God by trying to force your beliefs down others throats.    Again I ask (and have yet to hear a response like “I have”) how many unwanted children have you adopted?  None I bet.    Are you financially supporting your children who you have had (current with any child support?).     “Oh can’t do that!”   “Oh we can’t fund contraceptives because that is against “MY” beliefs –oh but I sure need Viagra because I can’t get it up anymore.”    SuzyQ (or what ever your real name is) I hope that you get to experience the joy of a colonoscopy to try to find out where you keep your brain.   Stick your religious beliefs there too!

Mister_Mean
Mister_Mean

First a fetus is not a baby.   Second it is none of your business what other’s do with their lives or their bodies.   I am constantly amazed of the lack of outrage, by such people who seem to want to stick their noses where it does not belong, when we see reports of in the news of rampant child abuse by parents (the latest starving death of a young boy,   the running to death of a young girl by her mother in Alabama, and the pedophilia of church against alter boys to name just a few).    You are pro birth not pro life-“once the child is born it’s not my concern” they say. Oh we can’t fund any health care for these children be cause that is socialism.    I resent you trying to “earn” brownie points with God by trying to force your beliefs down others throats.    Again I ask (and have yet to hear a response like “I have”) how many unwanted children have you adopted?  None I bet.    Are you financially supporting your children who you have had (current with any child support?).     “Oh can’t do that!”   “Oh we can’t fund contraceptives because that is against “MY” beliefs –oh but I sure need Viagra because I can’t get it up anymore.”    Louise (or what ever your real name is) I hope that you get to experience the joy of a colonoscopy to try to find out where you keep your brain.   Stick your religious beliefs there too!

The Credible Hulk
The Credible Hulk

Yeah, kinda funny, but not really "outside the box" humor, ifyaknowwhatimean.

me
me

Will you pay for the medical care for the woman while she is pregnant?  Will you help provide any necessary extras that the child will need if it is born with a severe disability and can't live long outside of the womb?  Will you provide the counseling for the woman who will be forced to carry a baby to term only to have it die in days?  If you are willing to help the "baby" and the mother after the "baby" is born and take on the full financial and psychological burden of that child.  Then yes you maybe just maybe have the right to tell a woman what she can or cannot do with her own body.  Until you are willing to walk a mile in the mother's shoes then you have absolutely no right to say what control she has over her own body.

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