I read an interesting theory recently, one that's got me thinking. Basically, it was claiming that the 'craft' movement - i.e., the popularity of things like knitting, crochet, baking, making cards; decorative arts, if you will - were anti-feminist.
This is an old argument, but this time it wasn't saying that women shouldn't be forced back into the 1950s by being made to make things themselves and expected to be good at this as traditionally 'feminine' pastimes.
It was saying that women are being encouraged to make decorations and bake cakes and knit scarves, so that they can 'waste' their creative energies on these things, instead of focussing on 'important' artistic pursuits such as learning an instrument or writing a novel or making a film. Like, it's a conspiracy to distract us.
I have to admit it, it's an interesting one. I'm not sure I agree, but I can see the point. I know loads of girls wo make fiddly little thingss like jewellery, but not that many who are in bands or making films. They are outnumbered by the boys I know on that front. I know loads of girls who write, but that may be due to my own personal circumstances rather than actual statistics.
The point is, everyone I know who makes stuff enjoys it. Shouldn't that be the point? If we're looking at it like that - like, we're not all in it for success and money and other such evil (ha!) things, then why is making music or writing novels any more valid than baking a cake or turning a T-shirt into a halterneck dress? I suppose the results are more lasting, but it's all good, right? It's better than watching the telly or getting drunk at a bus-stop.
So, all I can say is make and do what you love, whether that's crochet or poetry or ukelele or watercolours or quiches. Be great at it and do it for the right reasons. I am still thinking about this, though.
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