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Vagina Knitting Is Performance Art That's Definitely NSFW

If you thought your grandmother's hand-knit sweater last Christmas was bad -- what with its mismatched fabrics, bell-bottom sleeves, and your name stitched to the back -- you can can take some solace in this: At least it didn't come from her vagina.

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Casey Jenkins is an Australia-based feminist who calls herself a "craftivist," campaigning against political and social issues using bold, albeit embroidered, statements.

Her most recent piece of performance arts aims to raise questions about the negative stigma surrounding female genitalia "by linking the vulva with something that people do find warm and fuzzy and benign and even boring."

It's called "Casting Off My Womb," and for 28 days Jenkins knits from wool that's been lodged in her vagina, with the number of days allowing for a full textile record of her menstrual cycles.

Of course for those who are familiar with Jenkins, this isn't all that shocking.

She and her Craft Cartel, an activist group for crafty types who don't dig rose-scented doilies, have created numerous DIY workshops and street art installations including Embroidery Porn, Free Pussy Riot, Cunt Flings-up, and even a Female Fight Club where women beat each other with disposable objects like bread sticks and tomatoes.

Plus, says Jenkins "When you take a hard look at a vulva you realize its just a bit of a body. there's nothing that is shocking or scary. Nothing's going to run out and eat you up."

No, but it may try to keep you bundled up this winter.

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