I have mentioned a few times on here, but I actually do some crafty making things on my time away from my blog or volunteering.
I make handmade cards, I knit, I have a bullet journal that I designed for my blog work and I also enjoy doing those colour in books. Sometimes when I feel up for it, I paint and draw too.
Now why have I done this post, I hear you ask? Well the thing is, craft work as well as blogging is mainly seen as quite a feminine line of work done. When I started writing and blogging I noticed that a large proportion of the bloggers who I was seeing in groups were cis women mainly doing mummy blogs or craft work. It felt really weird for the first few months trying to get out there because so much of what I was seeing certainly wasn’t me.
I avoided mentioning that I made things and crafted because I felt that I would be placed with a lot of the women who wrote, and people thinking that men or masculine people couldn’t do this sort of stuff actually depressed me. It felt that it was a reflection on my gender identity and that I couldn’t be really a trans masculine person because I enjoyed doing stuff like that.
Then I remembered that thinking like that was totally bullshit. Craft work hasn’t ever been gendered and there are probably are a whole heep of men out there who want to do craft stuff but are terrified of what people would think of them. What also cheered me up was seeing an Instagram that was based solely on men who knit. It made me feel so happy seeing tattooed, bearded men sitting with each other knitting, and reminded me that things shouldn’t be quite so taboo.
Basically, regardless of gender, if you want to knit, or card make or journal, you should do that shit. Be proud of what you can make and do, and show the world that anyone can do anything. Regardless of what society tells you to do.