Snatchels and sarcasm: Using humor to fight back against anti-choice politicians

If you, like me, have been inspired by the recent spate of satirical bills proposed by pro-choice state legislators, but are looking for something equally clever you, as a regular citizen, can do to mock the recent attacks on reproductive rights, here are a couple ideas.

snatchelSend your anti-choice representative a knit vagina so he doesn’t have to obsess so much over yours. Or a uterus, but the vaginas are so much cuter. The folks at Government Free VJJ have provided simple instructions, several knitting patterns, and how-to videos. Here’s the “Snatchel.”

Spam anti-choice Governors’ Facebook walls with sarcastic TMI comments. Project TMI was born out of one Virginia woman’s disgust and frustration and has spread from there. Anti-choice all-stars Texas’ Gov. Rick Perry and Kansas’ Gov. Sam Brownback have been treated to thousands of comments on their walls. Here’s a sample to get you going:

Hi Senator/Delegate _____________! I just wanted to let you know, since you’re concerned with women’s health, that my period started today! Color looks good, flow not too heavy. Cramps are pretty manageable but don’t worry – I’ll make sure to let you know if that changes! Thanks again for caring so much about women and our bodies!

Stay tuned at RH Reality Check to see which anti-choice politician is being targeted next.

I hear that once upon a time feminists weren’t funny. But these days it seems like humor is the only possible response to the politically absurd–and the recent conservative obsession with our ladyparts is certainly been that.

Atlanta, GA

Maya Dusenbery is an Executive Director in charge of Editorial at Feministing. Maya has previously worked at NARAL Pro-Choice New York and the National Institute for Reproductive Health and was a fellow at Mother Jones magazine. She graduated with a B.A. from Carleton College in 2008. A Minnesota native, she currently lives, writes, edits, and bakes bread in Atlanta, Georgia.

Maya Dusenbery is an Executive Director of Feministing in charge of Editorial.

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  • Suzy

    Rick Perry’s Facebook page blocked comments, but I just have to share mine.
    Dear Rick Perry,
    Is it okay to masturbate with a realistic dildo in order to help resist the temptation to have sex, or does that mimic non-procreative sex too closely? Should I opt for a brightly colored plastic or silicon model instead, lest I get dangerous ideas into my head?

  • Twitch

    I would love to combate these politicians, but as a non-knitting cis male, I have very little in the adorably knit vaginas or TMI period details to share. How can I fight back humorously against anti-choice legislation and legislators without resorting to sharing my partner’s menstrual secrets (jk, jk, lolz, y’all!)?

  • Brittany

    Okay, next time it’s my period, I’m so totally doing that.