My political stance is "Just leave everyone the hell alone." People, contrary to all those PSA's, are generally decent individuals who are not going to turn into drug crazed murders with the repeal of a single law about wearing low rise jeans to the mall.
Not only do I have faith that most people will act decent (the internet forums not withstanding --teenagers need something better to do with their time) but I firmly believe that any competent person can make choices about their own damn lives and every person deserves the same rights to make those decisions.
To me feminism means you think women and men are equal. Everyone deserve the same rights regardless if one was born with a Y chromosome or a couple X's.
But some other people out there they think women are only feminists if they live the way they command. The Slate women's blog double X is notoriously against women who dare to stay home or do things the unfeminist way.
They trite out the old argument, but your grandmother fought for rights your wasting so you can't be a feminist. No, sorry dear, but I am exercising those rights if I choose to stay home or not. I generally just pay things like that no mind (for me if I don't agree with you or like you I just ignore you), but now they just came out with probably the stupidest article ever.
Etsy.com peddles a false feminist fantasy
To sum up, because Etsy was started by a couple of guys in macho Brooklyn (good to know if you live in Brooklyn you can only be macho, someone better tell the Village People) it's confusing that so many women operate and sell things on the site. The author speculates how strange it is as the site isn't off putting to men (sigh, always about not hurting any delicate male eyeballs isn't it?) and instead of thinking that maybe women have embraced this web 2.0 much more than men (Really how many average male bloggers do you know to women? And how many of those women would comment and leave advice about a great online store for craft goods? Wow, I durn used logic there, I best go lay down) makes a wild jump that women are on it more because Etsy caused them lose their little lady brains and gave them the opportunity to finally become the stereotypical 50's little woman while also making money on the side.
Because every single woman I know who's gotten onto Etsy were secretly hoping to make it big so they could quit their day job to stay at home and knit booties all day long (I can't believe she mentions knitting booties. What is this, the 1800's in a cartoon?). It wasn't because I had a hobby that I thought I could share with the world or had to clear out some backlog of merchanside. A little idea I didn't have the time or money to grow into a big business but thought I could bring some joy to someone else around the world by paying a dollar to a site that will host and allow transactions?
No, it's all because I am secretly hoping to be banished back to the kitchen and cook roasts all day for my family. And it isn't as though I have an history of craft projects in my family. So I'm really just on Etsy because society is demanding I get back to my roots and work with my hands. Please ignore the fact that my mother has worked with pottery most of her life and I have very early memories of running around and playing with greenware. It's really all societies fault for making me wish I lived with Laura Ingles Wilder on the prairie.
The other hilarious half of the article bemoans how Etsy has forced all those little grandmas, who try to sell knit kleenex box covers and carved dolphins, to compete against that big scary wide world. Oh the humanity! They're be eaten alive and it's all thanks to Etsy!
Except we've had a world wide economy for quite a while now. You know, airplanes will do that.
And just think of all the opportunities out there for someone who is actually talented and has an interesting idea when on Etsy. You can make sales with people who would never have seen your work otherwise. I've already sold two paintings to a handful of states and even a couple to Canada. Without Etsy there is about 100% no way I'd ever have sold a wedding dress painting. Silly me coming up with a custom idea and then wanting to find people to paint it for.
The entire article just sounds like one giant bushel of sour grapes. "Well I say that all women should want to be working full time and not want to work part time. I'm not as good as some sellers on there so I say it isn't fair that I have to compete against other people. Damn it! Why won't someone buy mypot holders? See I'm a good feminist because I work and craft at the same time."
Oh but see, Ms. Mosle, I also work full time (as a research technician in this little supposed male field called Science) and I can find and make time to create paintings which I then sell on etsy and I have no plans to turn painting into a full time career. I hope I don't have to turn in my Feminist card because I've got a few old bra's I've really got an itch to burn.
How about you just go home, play with your little paint set while you think how much better you are, and let all those evil non-feminists play at etsy while making some extra income on the side.