Lexica (lexica510) wrote,

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Because god forbid you have WIMPY or FEMMEY furniture

From the article "Furniture Takes a Manly Turn" in the Gazette of Upper-Class Urban White People's Lives New York Times:
Rough-looking furniture that carries a whiff of shop class, handmade by guys who have their own power saws — and know how to use them — is design’s new tack. Art is a many-gendered thing, but right now it is emphasizing the influence of the Y chromosome.

“Butch craft” is how Murray Moss, the canny marketer and former fashion entrepreneur, describes the work of Mr. van Bleiswijk and others, which he has collected in an enticing show that opened Wednesday night at Moss, his SoHo store. It has a “rough-hewn, virile and heavy-lifting aesthetic,” Mr. Moss said, albeit one that is sensitively rendered or considered, a nod to the history and semiotics of the word “butch.” (“Make Me,” reads the invitation, illustrated by a photo of a shirtless and ambiguously gendered individual wielding an ax. We’ll get to the queer-studies stuff later.)
UGH and GAH and GRAR!

This could have been an interesting article looking at the differences between high-tech, smooth-finished, laser-cut type furniture and lower-tech, rough-finished, handcrafted furniture. Maybe connect that to the econopocalypse and look at whether people are feeling more drawn to handmade instead of mass-produced. Or at the "I'll learn to build furniture/raise chickens/rebore my own engine cylinders because I can't afford to pay someone else to and I like the sense of accomplishment and achievement." Or something.

But no, instead it's yet another damn "men make furniture like THIS and women make furniture like THIS amirite?"

Because, of course, they don't quote, talk to, or even mention a single female furniture maker or designer. (And they're out there — pick up an issue of American Craft Magazine and look at the furniture. Both female and male artisans and creators.)

The only woman mentioned, much less quoted, is Judith Halberstam, on the word "butch". And she gets 19 words in the entire article.

Tags: craft, culture, gender, sexism

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