Mar 092020

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  3 Responses to “The Blogging Community of Men who Sew”

  1. The reading “The Work of Masculine Fingers” was also very enlightening to me as I had never heard associated World War II veterans who were disabled with sewing. As you mentioned in your post, this movement virtually went into obscurity although it was highly visible in society during its peak years. According to the reading, it became so popular that even the royal family came to visit the location and were gifted with works embroidered and sewed by some of the men. While this movement could have been the start of changing public attitudes towards men in sewing and embroidery, the scheme was shut down in 1955 and public attention shifted elsewhere.

    It is interesting to note that even after 50 years of the work done by male disabled World War Two veterans, society still holds the view that sewing and embroidering belong in the realm of female-ness while other types of more ‘physical’ labor are men’s work. Even if there has been evidence in the past that men are more than capable of sewing, which has dispelled the myth of ‘nimble fingers’ only being possessed by females, society today still understands sewing as women’s work. As your contemporary example shows, Peter Lappin is still working to reach out to a male audience and introduce sewing to men. Hopefully this blog and the work Lappin is trying to do will shift the public’s understanding of sewing and gender relations.

  2. I really liked that you mentioned that women are being able to obtain masculine jobs and roles but we never hear about the men doing this in the feminist world. It’s clearly double standards and also just as you mentioned it is also just as important. I think it’s very important that there is outreach to young boys and men in schools who might be interested in sewing, however due to how society presents gender roles I can understand why some boys might not want to do it based on society’s perspective on this.

  3. Hi all,
    Good reflections here about sewing and gender roles.
    @Alex, it would be great to know why you chose the picture of the vest. Is this piece materializing some of the ideas you are posting?
    Hope you all continue thinking on what each medium means in society, but especially how your design work can interrupt dominant cultural assumptions.

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