DALLAS — Inside Kimberlyn Crowe’s Oak Cliff home, knitting has always been quiet therapy. Suddenly, it’s become a way to make some noise.
“Words don’t do any good because it’s all been said,” she declared. So she let the yarn became her words and her hobby become her voice.
“The statement is: ‘Get your hands off my uterus!’” Crowe said with a laugh.
She began knitting uteruses last week. On Sunday, she joined a group of North Texas knitters inside a Garland home.
They knitted, crocheted, and sewed dozens of uteruses. They will send them to Texas Gov. Rick Perry and other select lawmakers in Austin and Washington who, they believe, have cast votes cutting funding to women’s health care and limiting access to birth control.
Crowe is keen to send lawmakers a message. “Here’s your own uterus; now keep your hands off mine,” she said.
The uterus-knitting project is happening nationwide. Crowe says some politicians who have voted in ways they support will receive uteruses, too, with a note saying “Thanks.”
The hand-made uteruses will be hand-delivered to Gov. Perry’s office during a march in Austin in late April.
“You know, one could hope the heavens will open, light will shine down, and they’ll get it,” said Crowe with a smile. “I hope what they’ll hear is there’s a lot more of us than they might have thought of to start with.”
And of course you know this post would not be complete without a photo:
I have a much better idea. Next time, why not crochet hats with the look/shape of a brain, complete with the muscle detailing and pinkish/reddish coloring? Then, maybe “feminists” nationwide who are participating in this silly narcissistic project can at least give off the impression that they have a brain and would, you know, like to be respected for it and stuff – like real feminists do.
Update – 5:01 PM: My Twitter friend Dan (@NorthDallas30) slams it out of the ballpark:
— Dan (@NorthDallas30) April 4, 2012
Ain’t that the truth.