The Wandering Uterus Project is designed to redress the recent anti-uterus rhetoric that has entered the public sphere and to give voice to the uterus-owners who face a forced orthosectomy at the hands of legislators across the country. The Wandering Uterus Project is a multimedia performance piece that reconsiders and reconfigures the long history of male philosophers and politicians and how they define and dictate where uteruses can and cannot wander. The Wandering Uterus Project encourages participation through social media and during live performances by those with (and possibly without) uteruses.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Binders of Women

Did we just hear that?  

Yes.  I guess we did.  In a nationally televised debate a presidential candidate (aka Mitt Romney) just admitted that when he was the governor of Massachusetts that he: 1) knew so few "qualified" women he had to go on a quest to find one to be part of his cabinet, and 2) his team brought him "binders full of women" in order to find a woman worthy of the post.

Yes, poor choice of words, perhaps.  Yet so revealing.  

Let's not forget that he added to this poor choice of words, by suggesting his approach to helpfully managing female employees was to ensure that their schedules were flexible enough to get home and make dinner for their families. 

Gulp.  

This man wants to be our President.  The lens through which he views women is clearly limited.  It is clearly an outdated notion of women, their roles at work and at home.  It struck us as right out of the 40s and 50s and with that in mind, we issued this pictorial response.





Saturday, September 15, 2012

Operation Wanda Drop in Full Swing













Isn't Wanda looking lovely?  She's all dressed up and ready to send Mr. Ryan a powerful message that rejects his anti-women voting record and policies.

Get in on the action and send your own message.

All you need is a stamp!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Operation Wanda Drop...Let's send Paul Ryan a message!

Mitt Romney's new running mate, Paul Ryan, is a right-wing ideologue whose policies are anti-woman and anti-choice. Ryan voted for the "Sanctity of Human Life Act," which states that life begins at "fertilization," paving the way for additional anti-choice legislation.  Ryan voted to de-fund Planned Parenthood Ryan has proposed draconian cuts to Medicaid that would affect access to affordable care by low-income women. Ryan co-sponsored legislation that makes it possible for employers to deny their female employees access to birth control on "religious" grounds.

Let's welcome Congressman Paul Ryan to VP race with Operation Wanda Drop!

Send Paul Ryan a postcard from you and Wanda every day for the rest of the 2012 election cycle. Send him the message that you REJECT his anti-woman, anti-choice rhetoric and policies. We've pre-addressed the card, and included a message. All you need to do is sign your name (Feel free to leave your own message as well) and put on the stamp. The postcard features Wanda, our favorite wandering uterus, on the front...
and on the back it features the following message:
Contact us at thewanderinguterus@gmail.com to receive a printable copy today. 

Please specify if you would like to receive the card addressed to Paul Ryan's office in Janesville, WI or his national office in Washington, DC. **Feel free to include your own message to Paul Ryan. We encourage honesty and humor, but request that all messages sent as part of Operation Wanda Drop remain civil and nonviolent.**

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

What's Wanda Reading?

Wanda gets around....the library.  She wanders the stacks.  Nothing sums it up more than this selection.  

Travel can definitely be a political act.  Travel is a refusal to be bounded, a desire to roam, and a willingness to leave the familiar for the unknown. 


 Wanda appreciates anyone who celebrates the power and beauty of the feminine.  


Here Wanda reads aloud to some girls in the library.  

Oh, the things you can think, ladies, if you refuse to be constrained by fear and a lack of imagination.




Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Dr. Womb & Dr. Tomb

So, we've been spending the last few weeks working on a script for a live performance that would serve as a response to the political discussion about women, their bodies, and, if some in our local, state, and federal government had their way, their inability to control their own bodies and what happens to them. In thinking about the current political situation and our performance we began asking ourselves, where did this notion that women can't or shouldn't have a say over their own bodies begin? Since the dawn of time, you say. Well, you aren't too far off. Obviously, we knew about the theory of the "wandering uterus," once deemed a cause of hysteria in women...after all we named this project after the theory, but we knew there was more to it than just a rationale for when women came down with a case of the crazies. As it turns out, that pesky uterus Vicky and I have been carting around for these 30+ years is just a ticking time bomb. According to Hippocrates, Pliny, and Plato, the uterus (wandering or not) was deemed to cause a host of medical maladies, and that dear folks is where we are headed with our performance piece. We will be introducing Dr. Womb and Dr. Tomb, two travelling doctors well studied in the medical treatments of yesteryear. They are determined to cure all that ails and avails the uterus, and in doing so, healing all that ails and avails womankind, their families, and the nation. They and their emporium of elixirs, potions, and lotions will hopefully be making the rounds beginning this fall--just in time for November.

Stay tuned for more updates about this project as the show evolves.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Wanda Finds Friends at the DC Unite Against the War on Women Rally

Small government?  How small?  Apparently, so small the only thing it has time to do is legislate our vaginas.  Wanda and this lady say, "No!"

 Thanks, gents!  Wanda found quite a few men of quality at the DC UAWOW rally!

 We agree. The choice is clear!

 Wanda couldn't agree more!

Senator Jennifer Granholm gives a rousing speech regarding the importance of electing more women to higher office!

Wanda sits down with one of the youngest activists at the rally to discuss the great speeches.

Wanda Wanders All the Way to Washington

Check out Wanda's first music video!


Thursday, April 19, 2012

Why we're here...

To say we're fed up is a bit of an understatement.  We're astounded and angry that in 2012 we are watching politicians (mostly male) across the country legislate what women can and can not do with their own bodies.  Frankly, we thought our mothers and grandmothers had already fought this fight.  That's what happened in the 60s, right?!?

But, here we are...and so we're determined to fight back, and invite our family, friends, acquaintances, and total strangers to fight back too!  We're fighting back using theatre, because that's what we do.  Right now we've been hard at work on a performance piece...one that we hope can be a conversation starter...no, we want more than that...we want to start a fight!

We want to fight because we are really fighting back. The right wing rhetoric around body issues is violent and visceral. We say that saying women should just close their eyes and take it during a forced transvaginal ultrasound and pay for it is an act of violence against our bodies and minds and we have a visceral response. Saying women are okay with making less than men is destructive to us and to how young girls will value their womanhood in the near future. We want to fight because these politicians have been pushing us, forcing us, and limiting us. They've been beating us up rhetorically and socially so we're going to beat them the same way.

They declared a War on Women...well, now they've got one!


Thursday, April 12, 2012

Wanda visits Wisconsin State Senator (and anti-uterus crusader) Glenn Grothman

Scott Gendel escorted Wanda to Senator Grothman's office today.

Check out their adventures here...

OMG! It's the Wisconsin State Capitol! I'm a celebrity there.  They talk about ALL the time!

Hey look!  She's pointing, just like me!

Well, this isn't just any statue.  It's the Women's Memorial!  They must really love me around here.  I  better go inside.

Well, this sign seems helpful.  Hey Women, go that way!  Maybe this will help me find Senator Grothman's office.

Nobody in there...

Glenn Grothman, room 10 South.  I'm on it!

There's his office door! OMG I can't wait.

Don't Tread on Me.  Agreed!

Helllloooooo! Yoo-hoooooooooo!  Oh dear, nobody's answering.  I think Senator Grothman may not be in today.  A random passerby told me his car's not here. Hmmm.

Hey you!  Staffer who just left Grothman's office!  Come back! Wanda wants to meet you!

Wait!  Pleeeeeeeaaaassee!  Boy, it just seems like none of you want to hang out with me.  What a bummer.

"Dismantling Democracy One Bill at a Time." I think that sign might be about me.  Hi, everyone!

Well, if nobody from Senator Grothman's office will talk to me, I guess I'll just have to join the daily sing-along.  "Solidarity Forever!"

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Where's Wanda?

The Wandering Uterus Project brings you an unscripted adventure with Wanda courtesy of Angie's niece...

Give the girl in your life a Wanda to play with...capture the magic and send it to us at thewanderinguterus@gmail.com

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Wither Wander Wanda?

Wither wander Wanda?  Anywhere she wants!  You can wander with her!

Just download and print Wanda and then take her on all sorts of adventures!  Be sure to document your travels with pictures and video.  Send them to thewanderinguterus@gmail.com



Special thanks to Joshua Mikel at Sharkguts Design for creating Wanda!
Check out his other work at www.facebook.com/sharkgutsdesign