Feminist Embroidery Because Ironic?
I just finished this new embroidery for my friend Mary. Mary is very cool and incredibly smart and hard-working. We went to high school together and she got straight A’s and had very small, neat handwriting. She’s getting her Ph.D. in women’s history or women’s studies or critical gender studies (I don’t know what words they use) at UC San Diego because she is a smart cookie and she will be the best professor those dumb college kids ever had! This embroidery will be used to adorn her office. The title of this post is kind of a joke because I’m actually 100% serious that this embroidery is subverting the expectation of a prim and proper needlepoint with the feminist statement. But I also think it says something about being a feminist and embracing feminist ideals without having to just be a dude with boobs. Being a feminist doesn’t negate being feminine, necessarily. It just strives to redefine femininity and accept all forms of it. Also, I just finished reading that article from The Atlantic that everybody on the internet was talking about like a month ago (I had the magazine in the bathroom so I only read the article while I was pooping so it took me like three weeks to read it, lay off me) and it makes so many great points! Initially I was righteously indignant and said “WHY ISN’T IT CALLED ‘WHY PEOPLE CAN’T HAVE A WHITE COLLAR JOB AND CHILDREN?!?!’” But the article is much more balanced and intelligent than I was expecting. Sometimes magazines have intentionally controversial article titles for publicity, says Captain Obvious over here. Anyway, read it if you want! There’s still more work to do, you guys! Let’s start by reclaiming the fiber arts. Haha, ugh.
Anyway, if you want me to make you an embroidery just send me an email and I’ll get started on it!