Most epic moment EVER. ð Nadia Bolz-Weber melted down women's purity rings to make a vagina sculpture, which she presented to @GloriaSteinem at the #MAKERSConference â@Sarcasticluther @SweetBirdStudio pic.twitter.com/NPikZcrxJs— MAKERS (@MAKERSwomen) February 15, 2019
“The [rings] we couldn’t melt down spell out the word ‘freedom’ and were woven into this heart,” Bolz-Weber added. “Isn’t it amazing?” she said, handing the sculpture to Steinem as the audience roared with applause.
Bolz-Weber, author of Shameless: A Sexual Reformation, first announced the project at last year's iteration of the Makers Conference, declaring her desire to “take down” the “church's teachings around sex” and evangelical purity culture.
“This thing about women that the church has tried to hide and control and that is a canvas on which other people can write their own righteousness â it’s actually ours,” Bolz-Weber explained to the Huffington Post. “This part of me is mine and I get to determine what is good for it and if it’s beautiful and how I use it in the world.”