I have the 'whatever' one from Subversive Cross Stitch. Turns out I find cross stitch really boring, though.
This is a great discussion. I think a lot of the issues we have now run deep to traditional gender norms that have been enforced for centuries (e.g., needlepoint as a socially acceptable drawing room skill). I think a more recent layer that has been added to the mess is the way men's hobbies are viewed as an escape from work and women's hobbies are viewed as adding to the value of the home and value of her worth as a woman.
Hobbies like quilting (repurposing scraps to keep people warm), canning (storing food for the winter), etc are all about women spending very little money to add value to the home. On the other hand, we have a huge leeway with the cost/benefit analysis of men's hobbies. He bought a boat? He deserves it! He works hard!
My parents are perfect examples of this. My mom (who worked, btw) would stay up until the wee hours of the morning baking the perfect birthday cake and icing it to perfection. When I was older I was always shocked at how much bakeries charged for cake. My mom has never bought a bakery cake (she even made my wedding cake).
My dad, on the other hand, has spent years restoring and re-restoring his 65 Mustang. The thing is hella fun - but also a money pit. It's never offered any utility to the family except for unsafe rides and a chance to show off to the neighbors by doing burnouts.
@oeditrix Yeah, I didn't think it was actually condescending or anything, because of the tone of the rest of the interview. It was more of a "hey, my brain just did something weird. Did anyone else's?" comment. I really enjoyed the interview!
@Mae To me, one of the points of her thesis is that this is a symptom of, not a cure for poor work-life balance.
@Gwdihw Leaning out so hard I'll be laying down over here if anyone needs me thanks.
Emily articulates exactly why I'm so uncomfortable (and why we all should be!!!) with the whole crafty-Pinterest-housewive thing so, so perfectly. Fucking bravo.
@oeditrix I'm not on Twitter, but the events over the last couple of days are convincing me that maybe I need to be. Even if I never have any followers, at least I can help things trend, ya know?!
If I get on Twitter, I'll send you my handle. I actually have your e-mail address from when we were organizing those first Austin Pin-ups. WHO KNEW that those Pin-ups would lead to........ACTIVISM?!
@wee_ramekin Senator Van de Putte is my goddamned hero. She came to the capitol from her father's funeral and summed up everything that's been going on in one perfect sentence. And the eruption of noise from the gallery in response is what killed SB5 dead at last.
I'm so tired but I'm so proud.
While we're pourin' one out for the indomitable Wendy Davis, let's not forget how Senator Leticia Van de Putte sparked a "peoples' filibuster" with her pointed question to Robert Duncan: "At what point must a female senator raise her hand or her voice to be recognized over the male colleagues in the room?".
She crystallized the entire debate with that one question, evidenced by the spontaneous cheers of the crowd watching from the galley. Those cheers lasted the last 10 minutes until midnight, giving the people of Texas the last damn word in this filibuster.