I was in scouting growing up and managed to earn my fair share of badges, those little round symbols of glory and success. While they ranged from astronomy to cooking to swimming, none quite looked like the badges imagined by Mary Yeager (and not just because I was a young boy).
From Yeager’s site:
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.
(h/t to Shameless Mag)