UndyedYarnpire’s Fiber Opera

January 25, 2011

Your prejudice, it bothers me.

Filed under: discussion — Tags: , , — UndyedYarnpire @ 3:20 pm

There’s a local Ravelry (not sponsored, or technically affiliated, but they are allowed to call it that) meetup. They are holding it at the Women’s Building in San Francisco. The link to that location specifies that the building is to be used in support of women and girls. Shocking how extremely inclusive that feels, right? Obviously they are not going to come right out and say men are not allowed, and the meetup group does have a parenthetical comment saying men are welcome, but seriously, how welcome would women feel if there was a building saying “this space is intended to support men’s endeavors”?

That would be why I do not go to YMCAs. If they want to rename their organization to the effect of actually including old women and a-religious people, then sure, I can see them being a community organization for everyone.

I am honestly offended by how universal and understood the prejudice in the fiber arts is. I would really like to see other women stand up and say, “I like the idea of getting together with other knitters and crafters but not if your event is only open to some kinds of people.”

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