|Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on April 1, 2011 at 2:25 PM|
I have heard of men who quilt. But since the word association that comes to mind when most people think "quilting" is "traditional craft done by women," I thought it fascinating that men who quilt have a niche within a niche, so to speak.
"i think it great men like to quilt too but being snotty about is another thing i wouldnt get to over cofindent you might get knocked down" [sic]
and the following snippet from NightOwl:
"I'm a female quilter and artist, who started woodworking a few years ago. If one is mechanically inclined, has good visual/spatial abilities and fine motor skills, it's pretty easy to become competent at most crafts.I must confess to being a bit irritated by the inordinate amount of attention and rewards paid to male quilters, when women have been making masterpieces for 200+ years, with very little financial reward. It's like it doesn't matter, until men start doing it."
Other complaints were of the male/female stereotyping that was contained in the article, but I'm sorry, I just don't see it. Men and women are different. Men and women quilt for many of the same reasons, but I don't doubt that there are gender differences behind some of the other reasons that we quilt. To which I say, "so what?" I agree with the commenters who said that "all press is good press!"
Having been a message board moderator for a number of years, I know how easily the written word online can be misconstrued. Myself, I saw the article as newsworthy and a way to make people aware that the "quilting = traditional female craft" stereotype isn't true in this day and age. If people want to display what appears to be pettiness and jealousy in their comments, well, I'll just assume they didn't understand the intent of the article.