There's A Woman Who Knits With Her Vagina, And The Internet Is "Incensed"
It's her vagina and she'll knit if she wants to.
This is Casey Jenkins, a performer and "craftivist" from Melbourne, Australia.
Jenkins' project includes knitting from her vagina, but it wasn't meant to freak everyone out. It was actually meant to make more people more, um, at ease with women's vulvas.
"Casting Off My Womb" involves Jenkins "knitting from wool that I've inserted into my vagina" for 28 days.
Jenkins explains: "Every day I take a new skein of wool that's been wound so that it will unravel from the centre."
"I stick it up inside me and then I pull out the thread and then knit."
Perhaps one of the elements of "Casting Off My Womb" that really got to people was the fact that the performance lasted 28 days.
Meaning it kept going even when Jenkins was on her period. (Yup.)
"The performance wouldn't be a performance if I were going to cut out my menstrual cycle."
The reaction to "Casting Off My Womb" in the gallery she performs in has been positive. "When I'm sitting in the gallery and knitting a lot of the reaction is people saying 'you're so brave, you're so brave'."
However, the reaction to this video of Jenkins explaining her project showed that not everyone loves vulvas as much as she does.
"The response to the clip was immediate, massive and, for the most part, negative, marked with fear and repulsion. The word "ick" features heavily, as do "eww", "gross" and "whyyyy?". Exclamation points are afforded entire comment boxes, broken only by the odd question mark. Everything comes in for criticism; the menstrual blood used in the work probably cops the most, but viewers have taken swipes at my hair-cut, my eyebrows, my skin, my home-city, my choice of words, my knitting technique and the colour of my shirt. The nature of the response wasn't unexpected, but the scale of it was and it's been fascinating to watch."