Thanks to today's Supreme Court decision, Hobby Lobby and other for-profit companies run by religious individuals will face no punishment if they refuse to provide insurance coverage for female birth control. As one person astutely noted, "Crafting now leads to unwanted pregnancies." All of this action is sparking some creative energy! It's time we got some new hobbies, preferably ones that involve lobbying for reproductive rights.
Here are eight fun new lobbying hobbies to help counter today's decision.
1. Craft a vintage-inspired protest sign! When Missouri legislators debated a bill that would require mandatory ultrasounds for women seeking abortions, reproductive rights supporters whipped up 1950's costumes and retro protest signs that harkened to the era before abortion was legal. The message was clear: don't force us back to the Mad Men era. Host a party to make big, showy signs so that you and all your friends will be ready for the next big rally. (photo by @AlisonDreith)
2. Scrapbook a letter to your senator! You know what's not cute? How almost every single state restricts abortion access in some way and many have opted out of Medicaid's expansion, leaving women struggling to access basic reproductive healthcare. Get the best-quality paper you can find and write a letter to your elected representative about this issue. Then cover it with things that bring the message home: like photos of you and your friends who vote for women's healthcare, and drawings of all the dollar bills you'll have to be spending on birth control. Throw a handful of glitter in the envelope for good measure!
3. Stitch an adorable protest t-shirt or tote bag! Upcycle an old t-shirt into a modern sandwich board, or whip up a canvas carryall and make it into a statement piece. A catchy slogan—“Keep your beliefs out of my business!” or “I buy my floss where women’s heathcare is boss”—conveys that reproductive justice really is your bag. (hoodie by 4000 Years for Choice)
4. Chalk the sidewalks around your local Hobby Lobby! Remember, the sidewalk outside a business is public property, even if you're protesting the establishment. Time to break out the colors, ladies, and fill the streets around Hobby Lobby with your favorite pro-birth control slogans, pictures of angry uteri, and more! (photo by Keith Ivey)
5. Bedazzle your nails with images of Ruth Bader Ginsburg! Her dissent in the Hobby Lobby case is brilliant—but it's too long to fit on your nails. A Pinterest-worthy ode to RGB will be a conversation starter, and you’ll have her strength on your side when you protest future injustices. (photo via Notorius RBG)
6. Make a zine listing the location of every non-Hobby Lobby hobby store in your town! Grab the glue stick and scissors and get crafting! People who support reproductive rights in your town would certainly appreciate a delightful photocopied map listing the location of the independent art and craft stores in your town, as well any of the larger chains that don’t believe that women’s birth control is an employers’ business. You’ll rest easy knowing that you’ve made it easy for craft enthusiasts to shop their consciences. (photo by Jen Collins)
7. Host a birth control craft fair! Places like Planned Parenthood and National Network of Abortion Funds are going to be busy now that numerous "closely held" private companies can opt out of providing contraceptive coverage to their employees. Get your friends together for a craft fair and donate the proceeds to groups that support reproductive healthcare. (art by Renee Delosh, via Degenerate Craft Fair)
8. Crochet a uterus for Hobby Lobby headquarters! The bigwigs at Hobby Lobby seem so concerned about their employees’ reproductive organs, why not crochet a whole bunch for them to take care of? A knitting group is already doing this for conservative political representatives. So get your craftiest pals together with a few skeins of yarn and some hooks, and then womb-bomb the heck out of Hobby Lobby HQ. Put a tag on each fuzzy uterus that reads “Here’s one of your very own, to control as you wish.” They’ll hardly be able to complain! Drop your uterus in the mail to Hobby Lobby at 7717 SW 44th Street Oklahoma City, OK 73179. (photo by Carrie via Tink Jones)
Sarah Mirk is Bitch Media's online editor. Bitch creative and editorial director Andi Zeisler also helped make this article more funny.