Thursday, March 12, 2009

Mary Yaeger's Merit Badges for Women



Shaving


Cramps


The pill (defos not in the Brownie handbook)


Breast exam


Just like girl guides! Except that these badges award things that are actually useful or meaningful. And there is less God-bothering. And rabid monarchist Queen-worship. And bossy stay-at-home mums who probably should have better things to do...

But other than that, they look just like those cute girl guide badges, none of which I was ever awarded.

Here's what Ms Yaeger herself has to say:

"My female merit badges illustrate female "rites of passage" as well as the myriad physical manipulations women undergo to achieve cultural ideals of beauty, such as weight watching, whether or not to shave or wear makeup, etc. I've created tiny replicas of female products, such as a birth control pill pack and a pregnancy test. The miniature scale and meticulous, hand-embroidered surfaces convey my impressions of growing up female in our culture."

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