What is the Clothesline?
The Clothesline Project is a visual display that bears witness to the violence against women. During the public display, a clothesline is hung with shirts. Each shirt is decorated to represent a particular woman's experience, by the survivor herself or by someone who cares about her. This is a nation-wide project.
The project started with 31 shirts hung in Hyannis, Massachusetts in the Fall of 1990. Since that time, projects have begun in communities all across the country and in other countries as well.
The purpose of the project is four-fold.
1. To bear witness to the survivors as well as the victims of the war against women.
2. To help with the healing process for people who have lost a loved one or are survivors of this violence.
3. To educate, document, and raise society's awareness of the extent of the problem of violence against women.
4. To provide a nationwide network of support, encouragement and information for other communities starting their own Clothesline Projects.
Creating a shirt
We would like each shirt to reflect the woman's personal experience. You may include a name, date, and memorabilia such as tools of trade or symbols of interest. The Women's Center provides the shirts and paint for you in Oakley Applied Science C-103. Be sure to find out when Clothesline shirts are being made because they are not always available.
Naming the perpetrator is an important part of the healing process. But, for legal reasons, we cannot display shirts with full names of the perpetrators. We ask that shirt makers use first names or initials if they wish to name their violator.
At Murray State
The MSU Clothesline Project is a part of a nation-wide effort to raise awareness of the reality and impact of violence in out world and to honor survivors of violence. The Project is a visual display of t-shirts created by survivors of sexual abuse, rape/sexual assault, homophobic violence, stalking, psychological abuse, and battering. Those who haven't been victims are invited to commemorate the life of someone s/he knows who died as a result of violence. In addition, individuals who have not been victimized but who wish to take a stand against violence and encourage others to do so can "voice" their thoughts on black t-shirts. We invite survivors, their friends and/or family members to create shirts that reflect their experience, help themselves and other survivors heal, and inspire everyone to do his/her part to eliminate physical, sexual, and psychological violence.
Where: Oakley Applied Science Building C-103 D (Women's Center)
When: Currently, the Clothesline Project is not on display and shirts are not being created.