Nadia Bolz-Weber and Gloria Steinem | The 2019 MAKERS Conference
Nadia Bolz-Weber presents a special sculpture to Gloria Steinem from the 2019 #MAKERSConference at Monarch Beach Resort.
NADIA BOLZ-WEBER: So I'm in Colorado, in the mountains, to visit my friend Nancy Anderson's Sweet Bird Studio. I have employed her to make a vagina sculpture out of melted down purity rings, and I'm kind of on the hook to make this happen because I might have promised one to Gloria Steinem. Did anybody have a purity ring? Conservative churches have girls pledge to not have sex until they're married. I basically want to instigate an art project in which women mail me their purity rings to be melted into a sculpture of a vagina. I thought I could give it to you, Gloria. I feel like-- as a thank you gift from us all. Are they in here? NANCY ANDERSON: Hidden desires. This is a special box-- NADIA BOLZ-WEBER: That looks amazing. NANCY ANDERSON: --made just for the rings. Are you ready for this? NADIA BOLZ-WEBER: I think so. NANCY ANDERSON: I mean, there's so much powerful energy. NADIA BOLZ-WEBER: Oh my gosh. Bless these women. Oh my gosh. And this is, like, a fraction of the women. Let's make some art, shall we? NANCY ANDERSON: I think that's the best thing we can do. NADIA BOLZ-WEBER: Look at this. I mean, it's like this huge pile of these. There's more. They all represent somebody's life. I almost didn't do this. It felt like hurting my dad's feelings. "I wore the ring to college, kept sleeping around and feeling like it was this burning eye judging my every move." "Until the day I give myself as a wedding gift to my spouse." Sometimes they're celebratory, and sometimes it's tragic. "Why would I hold on to this ring for so long?" Every single thing and person that seemed so powerful as to feel inescapable, I name them and then I just go footnote. I mean, seriously, Pontius Pilate-- he's a footnote Your bully from middle school? Footnote. Your depression? Footnote. Your shitty boss? Footnote. All those things are very real, and the harm that they have on us and on the world is also real. But to me, the whole point of having faith is that it allows us to believe in a bigger story than the one we tell ourselves. Those purity rings are a footnote, and I would like to present this as a thank you gift to Gloria Steinem.