Okay so I recently graduated college where I spent much of my time in Gender Studies. As a male knitter, the entire needle-work-world, especially knitting has fascinated me because it is a huge pocket of society that still suffers heavily from gender suffocation (or at least in the public sphere). I've been thinking a lot about how we (KNITTIN' MEN) have a great opportunity to make a difference. While I often find myself angry and frustrated with all of those people who so stringently cling to their gender expectations (so often unconsciously), I have to remember that many of them have not had those notions challenged and disproved.
In my gender-sensitive fantasy world, i imagine men and women knitting independently and happily in public. I think we would all agree that this is not an unrealistic future wish... or do we? Is there anyone else who reads on the subway, but is always thinking they would be so much more productive if they could work on their knitting projects each morning? Okay - I'll get to my point. As the weather begins to take on its autumn-chill (which is so wonderful after an NYC summer) I have seen a drastic increase of knitters on the trains every morning and evening. However... I have yet to see even ONE man brandishing his needles like the proud advocate I know we all secretly are.
I think we should organize some sort of Knit-In on the New York Subway systems this year. It would be a chore to orchestrate something that would be noticeable to the public. We men need something to kick our asses into gear and start showing people that we aren't ashamed of our knitter identities. I know for me its a huge personal challenge - despite my defiant streak and desires to throw gender norms out the window... often I just dont want to deal with the attention. its exhausting.
So I guess I'm writing to ask how you guys are feeling about these public guidelines that we're all limitied by. Maybe we could inspire eachother to get out there and change some minds???? Knitting Fridays on Subway commutes?
An often disappointed optimist.... its fine.