Craft, gender and politics

Why would a revolutionary socialist spend time knitting? Amy Gilligan writes in Spectre magazine on craft for production and pleasure:

In Britain, rhetoric has harked back to the austerity of the 1940s: we should make do and mend, that “we’re all in it together”. The image of the thrifty housewife knitting, sewing and baking is one that the Tories wouldn’t shy away from promoting as they dismantle the NHS, cut services and attack the pay and conditions of millions of workers. The emphasis on the private family as where care for the young and old should take place are an important part of their attempts to destroy the welfare state.

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