The ugly politics of knitting rears its humungously downtrodden head yet again and grinds the Baby Boomers' faces in the dust !
This plaintive plea popped up in my Facebook newstream just a moment ago, and the implicit, incipient ageism of it all threatened to drown me in absolute despair. Why do the 'young' feel the need to confute one stereotype by perpetuating another one? When does ageism and sexism ever start to dissipate? Surely my age-wearied soul should know the answer to that one. It's 'never ever'!
Who knew that an ancient craft purportedly begun by fishermen or sailors, depending on what you read, would ever be so negatively dammed and associated with Wise Old Women of the Tribe? Is this consumerism gone made? Have we all been thoroughly hoodwinked by the descendants of the nineteenth century machine-mad industrialists? How has 'handmade' and individualised ever come to be subsumed by 'machine made' and mass produced in crap materials?
What is the underlying sociological message in these subservise and derisive comments. It's not 'just a joke'! Jokes feed on materials present in society that somehow upset and ripple our social fabric. A joke can't ever work unless 'we' get the underlying sociological truth or 'reality'.
This image and Post was Posted a year ago, but sufficiently indignant young things have obviously kept it well and truly alive by continuing to circulate it.
Well, this is my answer. This is my reality. I know no other.