study on men who knit ???

Has anyone else responded to the call for participants by Ann Morneau?

She claims:" The aim of my study is to convey the
stories and experiences of men who knit. My area of specialization in
gender studies is masculinity, so the research will focus on men's
experiences in an activity that is still socially gendered as a "female"
activity. "
But when I suggested a text interview via email the response was:
"Yes, I am analyzing the audio in the interviews. Thanks for your interest though, I really appreciate it."

Why does one have to analyze the audio response in order to " convey the stories and experiences of men who knit.:???

The first email also said that attached was a consent form for inspection prior to interview; which was not attached and which I never did get to see.

Something smells of old sushi to me.


Bill's picture

I have a phone interview at 10am Friday.

MMario's picture

Interesting to find out how the questions will slant...

MMario - I'm not divorced from reality - we're having a trial separation

New York Built's picture

I did respond...after some due diligence, I have a few thoughts.

There is a subtle clue with the choice of the word "convey."

Notice that it does not mean research, analyze, dissect, compare, contrast, collect (field data), establish baseline information, study, probe, explore, review, deconstruct nor any of several other academic procedures used in intellectual, scholarly conduct leading toward a published work of new knowledge.

Convey means transport, make known, disclose. In other words, none of the above.

I believe this is a communication investigation on HOW the interviewee imparts information, not WHAT.

If it is assumed the researcher is interested in your story, you could be wrong. Ms. Morneau's research is sanctioned and cleared by her college...but not necessarily for a folk tale investigation or history. There is another academic interest here.

Every person I encounter teaches me more about myself. Without whom not.

CLABBERS's picture

I googled her and found an Ann Morneau at Carleton University in Canada. I think it may be the same woman, she is getting her Masters of Arts degree in Women's and Gender Studies: Masculinity Studies. She says, "My current Masters' Thesis will be examining how men negotiate their own performances of masculinity while engaging in knitting, which is an activity that is typically gendered as feminine."

I was a mentor to students writing master's theses in education for Walden University, guiding them through the process. There is a very clear process, at least in the United States that is governed by the American Psychological Association (APA). I always advised my students to inform those taking a survey, or giving an interview, exactly why they were gathering information.

Other than studying the tone of your responses to her questions, she is also likely also interested in the content of your answers. She will probably rate the tone of your response in terms of whether you are on the defensive of men knitting, or are you very comfortable and matter of fact. If I were conducting the study, I would include men knitting in public. Wasn't there a poll on this site awhile ago about that? She might appreciate that data if anyone still has it.

Here is her LinkedIn page.

She should identify why she is asking these question, specifically to gain information to write her master's thesis. If you supplied the information in writing, using your name, she would need to have you sign a release form. If she does the interviews live, she does not. She probably has a check sheet that will record answers specific to her needs rather than quoting you, thus turning her qualitative data into quantitative data, which she can then chart or graph in order to make comparisons and thus conclusions to support her hypothesis. Your gathered information would be anonymous at this point. It's rather like Google gathering data that reveals that a million people visit their website each hour worldwide. They don't care who you are, just that you are one person needed to add up to the million.

I don't think there is anything wrong with giving her information. You might ask her if you are going to be quoted, in which case, if she is going to use your name, she will need to share in writing how she is using your words in her thesis.

I would be interested in reading her thesis once she is finished.

New York Built's picture

Ms. Morneau pulled back the original consent form MMario mentioned.

I had pointed out a flaw in the limited the scope of investigation to male knitters in Toronto, Canada. She communicated back her thanks and said she had to re-submit the form for review...and as Mark noted, verbal consent is all that is required in live interview, which she confirmed in the same message.

Albeit, her data could be skewed with "too much information" given to participants. Carefully worded transparency statements such as Mark quoted as the thesis topic and measurement goal of the data collection would have been appreciated, in my humble opinion.

Every person I encounter teaches me more about myself. Without whom not.

Crafty Andy's picture

Interesting indeed. I don't think I got approached. I do confuse people a lot, with my knitting and my crocheting. Specially since in Spanish, knitting,weaving and crocheting uses the same word, you just have a different tool to make cloth.

Bill's picture


Bill's picture

Just finished my interview.
Very pleasant young woman.
Absolutely NO slant to the questions.
...perhaps if I were uncomfortable being a man knitting it would open a different line of questions, but I'm comfortable with who I am.
I have no problem knitting in public, haven't been treated badly because of it.

Ann didn't know of this group, so I suggested she check us out.

New York Built's picture

My interview went well. Ms. Morneau was quite pleasant, bright and open. I had a good conversation with her on my attitudes about masculinity, knitting in general and knitting in my life, my other interests and how knitting has affected my life.

Very innocuous and non-threatening. My history was discussed, but not in any judgmental manner nor as a segue into other topics. I also asked to read her work when it was completed; she agreed. Mark's prediction on her procedure was absolutely correct.

I had a meaningful discussion with a fellow knitter.

Every person I encounter teaches me more about myself. Without whom not.

cacunn's picture

I spoke with Ms. Morneau yesterday and as others have said she was friendly and she did not seem to be judgmental. I understand why it could not be stated in the beginning but it would be interesting to find out her underlying premise and if the will color her results.

I am not a statistician but have worked with numbers most of my working life and realize that numbers don't lie but number crunchers do. (I am not stating or implying that Ms. Morneau will change the results)

Is this study centered on men who knit and the problems they experience crossing "gender lines", or is there an underlying look at defining masculinity?

Did anyone else get a feel for any underlying premise.

Bill's picture

I suspect she was hoping I'd had some negative comments from people who saw me knitting, but I never have.

michaelpthompson's picture

On Tue, 2014-09-23 12:36 — MMario wrote:

"Why does one have to analyze the audio response in order to " convey the stories and experiences of men who knit.:???"

For the same reason that perfectly amiable people get into shouting matches on Facebook. Text does not have the ability to convey nuances of meaning and feeling like voice does. In person is better than audio, audio is better than text, if you want to understand the subtleties of the responses.

That's why I put a :-) smiley face at the end of this, because you can't see the twinkle in my eye. ;-)

"All knitting is just one stitch at a time."