The DAMNsel Pussy Pouch Can Change The Way We Think About Being A Woman

By Jenn Schleich / Published on Bustle.com

“Pussy Pouch” sounds like a euphemism destined for the tombs of Urban Dictionary, but it’s actually a fashion accessory with a feminist twist. The intimate pale pink clutch resembling a vagina is part of a growing movement that recognizes the contemporary and historical impact fashion has had on transforming social ideologies and institutions. Let’s call it fashion for social change. Fashion is more than pretty clothes, aesthetic and design; it’s a construction of culture rooted in the time and place where it came to fruition — immeasurably influenced by current social values, but also infusing a spark of change into the cultural melee that surrounds it.

I literally stumbled — clumsily — across designer Rachel Feinberg’s cutting edge vagina purse and her company DAMNsel. I was so stunned, which I assume is half the point of such an accessory, that I stared endlessly at a photo of a woman with her legs splayed out provocatively on the ground. Dead center an oversized pink vulva was flashing at me through my computer screen. I’m pretty open minded, but having never before seen such an explicit fashion accessory (other than a boob beanie), I was admittedly thrown off kilter.

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At this point, Feinberg was a recent graduate from Parsons the New School for Art and Design and her website was short on information and only carrying one product: the Pussy Pouch. I try not to think of myself as too vanilla, but it took me 10 minutes to gather the courage to Google “pussy pouch.” I was hooked; as a woman and a writer, I needed to know this story.

The Pussy Pouch was born during lonely rides on the downtown F train of the New York City Metro and was deeply inspired by Feinberg’s fellow F train occupants and the feminist text Politics of Reality: Oppression by Marilyn Frye, according to the DAMNsel website…

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