There was this really big thread this week (some 100 posts) that unintentionally incited by asking a simple question… “why can’t I take Woodworking 101 with men?”. I don’t have much time to talk about the details because I have orders and stuff to finish up. But I wanted to put this here for posterity.
The “mom and pop” franchise recognized that there wasn’t really a need to have a segregated basic woodworking class for just men, so they changed the name of their Woodworking for Men class to “Basic Woodworking”. They are still keeping Sawdust Therapy for women only. I still don’t appreciate that name. They’re not therapists. They’re woodworking instructors. I also would not attend a women only woodworking class on principle.
I leave this entire issue to rest… finally… with these words.
“Gender segregated classrooms, whatever debatable advantages they may offer to the learning process, exacerbate gender bias—and gender bias is what leads to unequal pay for men and women. Until I see the pay differential between men and women shrink to zero, I’d rather we put our energy into fighting gender bias rather than experimental educational programs that end up promoting it.”
- Elizabeth Wong, Associate Director of the American Civil Liberties Union
Please consider reading her whole statement
-- Lisa Chan, custom cafts and yarn accessories, http://www.grippingyarn.com