As a women who was a Girl scout until she was 15, volunteered at Girl Scout camp, sold lots of cookies, and loved, I mean loved, earning badges I am so excited about the fabulous work of artist Mary Yeager. She creates her own version of Female Merit Badges- both a genius and a poignant project.
My female merit badges illustrate female "rites of passage" as well as the myriad physical manipulations women undergo to achieve cultural ideals of beauty, such as weight watching, whether or not to shave or wear makeup, etc. I've created tiny replicas of female products, such as a birth control pill pack and a pregnancy test. The miniature scale and meticulous, hand-embroidered surfaces convey my impressions of growing up female in our culture.