MAN CRAFTS, WTF?!

So, last night we swung into Changing Hands bookstore and while browsing the craft section I saw a label on the shelf that irked the shit out of me. On the shelf it read...

"MAN CRAFTS"


Man crafts... what the fuck?! So they are saying that these certain crafts are aimed at men (wood working, coins, leather work... etc). Thats like putting a "Women Crafts" label on the knitting/sewing shelf. I have many female friends who do these said "man crafts" and very well, why can't this shelf simply say "wood working" and "blacksmith", etc...? Maybe I'm being a bit radical, but what would that tell a young girl who wants to dabble around with wood working and they see this label while looking for a book on that subject? The label should read the subject matter, not an assumption of who does these crafts.

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  1. Hah! I feel ya. I enjoy a little woodworking every now and then, and I know boys who knit. Down with gender stereotypes!

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  2. This is exactly what should be the most important to feminists right now. Not the redefining of the word rape in Georgia, not the fact that religious institutions will be able to hold off on giving their employees contraceptives through national healthcare, not global women's rights, but so we don't have a label that makes one or two people angry. Good work!

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    1. No need to be condescending. She's worried about the message it sends girls who might see it, like her daughter. What's wrong with that? Besides, just because this bothers her doesn't mean she's not concerned about the issues you listed.

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  3. ^And yet there are far more pressing issues. I'm a man that's grown up crocheting and I honestly couldn't care less if it's considered "womanly" because I grew up with a family of people who enjoyed the craft. If you actually want to do something important, you have to focus on the big things, not the small ones.

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    1. I blog about personal things, rants, crafts, you name it. This is just one thing I came across that I decided to blog about. I care a lot about other issue's but I don't need to blog about each one, each time. This was just a snip on something I personally saw while out and about. I know it's very small in scale to everything else. But again, it's just a small little post on something that caught my eye while I was shopping for books.

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    2. I disagree- trying to change the small, everyday things IS important. They are important because they are often overlooked or treated as inconsequential, and subsequently they support the culture we're trying to change, and added together are considerably larger a problem than you insinuate.

      Do you think if we just talk about the big things that everything will magically change and be better for women? Should we ignore the myriad of small things that add up to our whole lives, daily, being affected?

      Please, check your privilege.

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    3. I can't end the war on women, rape, etc. But I do have a chance to get this small thing changed on a bookstore shelf. This small label bothered me and from what I can tell, it bothered many other women. So I agree, small things do get over looked and do matter.

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  4. You should go scribble it out with a pen

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  5. it's equally as offensive to a man who doesn't do those things. DO i make "lady crafts"? what even.

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    1. I totally agree! Men should be equally annoyed with this label as well.

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