Feminist theory could be divided into two general camps, essentialist and performative. Essentialists theorize that women are different from men because of anatomy, while gender as performative means that gender is a construct. These works examine the lack of understanding of women's anatomy by re-interpreting historical scientific diagrams, or by cuing sexual references in common shapes or objects. Using textiles allows me to pair these ideas with a look at women's labour in history. Textile work became the realm of women, either for piecework by the poor for the rich, or by middle and upper class women as feminine pursuits and time fillers. Either way, the work, much of it highly skilled, was anonymous and underappreciated. 
 

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