Artist Turns Vintage Purses Into Pro-Choice Masterpieces For Trendy Feminists To Enjoy

Third-generation contraceptive pills are displayed on January 2, 2013 in Lille, in northern France. France's national drug agency ANSM started consultations with prescribers of third-generation contraception pills on January 2 to try to limit the use of such pills which are subject to complaints, after a French woman attributed her stroke to her contraception pill in mid-December 2012. Some 13,500 complaints were also lodged in the US against Bayer's four-generation Yaz contraceptive pill. AFP PHOTO PHILIPPE HUGUEN (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images)
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Finally, an appropriately badass, politically charged way to tote around my birth control! Because buried at the bottom of my Kate Spade obviously wasn't cutting it. Michele Pred, a Swedish-American artist whose work has been shown everywhere from Stockholm to San Francisco, has turned vintage handbags into pro-choice works of art, on display at the Nancy Hoffman Gallery in New York City's Chelsea neighborhood from now until March 14th.

The collection, "Pred-à-Porter Pro-Choice," features revamped vintage bags, outfitted for 21st century feminism. Pred used bags from the '50's and '60's, juxtaposing their ladylike silhouettes and dainty clasps with tote neon lights boasting badass phrases like "My Body, My Business," "Access," and "Equality." One even comes filled to the brim with birth control pills, in case you forget what this display of eccentric accessories is really about — reproductive rights!

Best of all? These bags don't just demand equality. They're actually working towards it. 

Five percent of the proceeds from her exhibition go directly to NARAL Pro-Choice New York, a non-profit reproductive rights charity. This awesome merging of politics and purses makes me want to go right out and glue my pills to my purse — even though that may end up being just a tad counterproductive. 

Want a better way to fight the good fight? Head down to Pred's show if you're in the NYC area to help support NARAL and fashionably kick it to the politicians who want to limit your right to choose.

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