June 19, 2014

Vogue Knitting rereleased a popular 1991 sweater, and on Facebook, people are calling it the "Vagina Sweater."

An emailer tells me. Here's the sweater:



Looking for the Facebook mentions, I stumbled onto this unrelated story about "vaginal knitting" performance art:
"I'm spending 28 days knitting from wool that I've inserted in my vagina," the Melbourne-based artist explains in the video [at the link]. "Everyday I take a new skein of wool that's been wound so that it will unravel from the centre and I stick it up inside me... and then I pull out the thread and knit."
Wool! Wool itches. I'd recommend silk yarn for your vaginal knitting art stunts.
[T]he performance project aims to address taboos surrounding female genitals and a woman's body in general...  [Feminist artist Casey] Jenkins... promises to work non-stop during the days she's knitting, come hell or high water... or menstruation.
The menstruation is the best part. And it makes me want to see the Vagina Sweater done with some color variations. Also, I think the term should be "Vulva Sweater." I'd like to address the taboo against confining "vagina" to its proper place.

52 comments:

jimbino said...

How about "pudenda sweater"?

Meade said...

All I see is a lot of cigars.

Kelly said...

I see leaves.

traditionalguy said...

Uh oh. Most of my ties have a smaller version of that pattern. Egad, I am ridiculing women everyday with a tie pattern.

Anonymous said...

Tragically, it would have to be a hairless sweater for the name to be appropriate.

God damn it.

Peter

mccullough said...

The coat hangers were creepy.

rcommal said...

I wonder how large a skein of yarn that performance artist was using.

rcommal said...

Hey! How about a sweater done in various cigar-colors schemes? Could be entertaining.

Rockport Conservative said...

I am definitely with you on the vagina placement. When did the younger generation start thinking it referred to the whole nether region? A few anatomy lessons are in order.

Birches said...

Mulva?

Birches said...

And I agree about the misuse of vagina. I blame Kindergarten Cop.

St. George said...

Perfect thing for President Obama.

Ron said...

I'm workin' on a booger fedora....

Ann Althouse said...

"When did the younger generation start thinking it referred to the whole nether region?"

I think Howard Stern used it a lot, affecting a kind of low-class guy slang. After a couple decades of that, why should the word even have the limitation that belongs in the medical books. It's like the way we call our entire abdomen our "stomach," as in saying that a pregnant woman has a "huge stomach."

Ann Althouse said...

Someone corrected me the other day about the word "nipple," saying it shouldn't be used to include the areola. I think that's silly.

Ann Althouse said...

Nevertheless, I can't accept "vagina" for "vulva." I think it sounds really ignorant, like something a teenage boy would say if it was all uncharted territory.

n.n said...

I see fallen leaves creating rippling waves on the water's surface.

I wonder what pattern the designer envisioned.

khesanh0802 said...

GAG!!!

Ignorance is Bliss said...

Forget the Vagina Monologues. That's the whole damn Vagina Debating Society.

fivewheels said...

Maude Lebowski: "My art has been commended as being strongly vaginal which bothers some men. The word itself makes some men uncomfortable. Vagina."

Some women too, it seems.

Michael K said...

Ugh ! I kind of liked the sweater until I read the piece.

One reason we used to explain to women that they weren't invited to go on long sail boat races was because they had to be hosed off from time to time.

Sounds like an idea whose time has come again.

Peter said...

It's just getting so hard to be transgressive, yet that's all that seems to count in the art world.

What's a performance artist to do?

mccullough said...

Teenage boys call the vagina and vulva/pudenda pussy. And call the breasts, areola, and nipples tits. Translating these slang terms back to officialese has conflated nipple and areola, as well as vulva vagina.

wholelottasplainin' said...

While "vagina" might not be the appropriate anatomical term, Somehow I think calling it a "Pudenda Sweater" lacks a certain je ne sais quois....

FleetUSA said...

Remembering the Judy Chicago Dinner Party exhibition.

Meade said...

I got 2 tickets for tonight's performance of The Vagina Monologues. Why don't you wear your new Vulva Sweater?

Bart Hall (Kansas, USA) said...

'Vagina' is merely the Latin word for 'pocket'. An amoeba flows to surround its food in a pocket, and that process is logically called 'invagination'.

SJ said...

I see the pattern after you mention it.

But otherwise, meh. I don't feel a need to bring it up.

However, I am reminded that ancient Roman gladiators used the word "vagina" to describe the leather sheath used to protect the "gladius", when the gladiator was not using his gladius in the arena.

The gladius, of course, being a piece of forged steel with a handle and about 24 inches of blade. Used by gladiators to wound/kill animals or other gladiators.

I can't recall whether extension of the word "vagina" to a portion of female genitalia came before or after Western European doctors started using Latin for anatomy.

SGT Ted said...

What is with female "performance artists" and their the toddler like focus on their vagays?

Bob Ellison said...

That's stupid.

Mom2Es said...

Looks more like alligator eyes to me.

Kirk Parker said...

Michael K.,

" they had to be hosed off from time to time.
"

The sailboats, or the women?

lemondog said...


X.pose dress disappears as you share information online


X.pose video

Austin said...

Dolores!

rhhardin said...

My favorite headline, from the Morris County Record I think, Feds Sue Hooker To Clean Love Canal.

Kirk Parker said...

rhh:

Hey, we had a Hooker Chemical plant here in Tacoma, WA! (Since sold to someone else, I forget who.)

Biggest news about them was when the plant manager applied for a vanity plate reading HOOKER and was denied for obvious-to-bureaucrat reasons.

Bob Ellison said...

rhhardin, RINGS AROUND URANUS BELEIVED TO BE GASEOUS.

Arizona Republic, around 1980.

David said...

Edsel.

rhhardin said...

Nietzsche said women are like sailing ships, an effect of distance.

Beautiful far away, noisy up close.

rhhardin said...

A vagina is a sort of absent referent anyway.

Mark O said...

Ew.

chickelit said...

"Sweater puppies" are a man's best friend, but "sweater pussies" double down on entendre.

chickelit said...

SGT Ted said...
What is with female "performance artists" and their the toddler like focus on their vagays?

Perhaps they're trying to counter the notion that many artists act like dicks.

TDP said...

"[T]he performance project aims to address taboos surrounding female genitals and a woman's body in general..."

The 70s called and wants its political rhetoric back.

The early 2000s texted that there are no "taboos surrounding female genitals ..." anymore so get over yourself.

Ann Althouse said...

"Ugh ! I kind of liked the sweater until I read the piece."

Huh? They're 2 different things!

Ann Althouse said...

I suspect what the artist knitted wasn't too pretty

William said...

I always thought that a vulva was a Swedish vagina.

jaed said...

In British English, "wool" means what we mean by "yarn". "Sheep's wool" would be "wool yarn".

I'm not sure whether this is also true in Australia, but it's possible she wasn't actually sticking wool up her hoohah. (I realize the prospect is not greatly improved if she actually was sticking a skein cotton yarn up there.)

Freeman Hunt said...

The Day Casey and Amanda Stopped Being Friends

"Hey, Amanda! I knit this sweater for you."
"Wow! You knit a sweater for me?! Thanks! Interesting color. Sort of ombre."
"Let me tell you how I made it..."

SeanF said...

Bart Hall (Kansas, USA): 'Vagina' is merely the Latin word for 'pocket'.

"Originally," perhaps, but not "merely." It is also an English word, and in English it has a much more specific meaning than "pocket".

Norah said...

Bark, dears, the pattern was meant to emulate the bark of a tree.
sigh :)

rcommal said...

Whatever the intended, that is not the point, Norah

That's the point.