Please put all pointy objects away before reading this post!
This is going to make your blood boil…or if you have a very good sense of irony and tragic humor it will make you laugh at this narrow minded, women trashing, ignorant, soul. (Be warned, there is explicit language in the *ahem* gentleman’s (?) article).
I have to say that your article was rather disturbing and insulting. I am a knitter of 20 years. I knit back when knitting wasn’t cool or edgy and that has never been my motive for doing so. In fact most of my acquaintences who knit do not knit because it is cool or edgy. I knit because it was a great skill that was passed on to me by my grandmother. It is a way to connect with the women in my family’s past. My grandmother was a very strong woman, she was none of the things you described in your article, nor was her husband, she worked hard for her family because she loved them, not because she was trapped in some male hierarchy. She was a 4th grade teacher and in her class everyone learned how to knit, girls and boys because it was a life skill, not a “woman’s skill”. Your entire article seems to show a serious lack of respect for women and yet you have the nerve to wave the women’s rights movement under our noses, which if I am not mistaken was about a women’s rite to choose. And here you are in your article telling women what is and what is not punk, what we can and cannot choose. Here I thought goth and punk were a means of self expression, the key word here is self. You make a lot of generalizations in your article about why people choose to knit, without obviously taking the time to ask. In all honesty, it’s hard to relate to your views when your disrespect for women permeates your writing so thoroughly. Let me make this very clear to you Mr. Wells: if you were in my “brain-dead, soul-destroying pre-feminist housewife” grandmother’s family and she heard you talk that way about women…she’d take you out behind the barn and kick your ass.