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It is done

I’ve finished writing up my dissertation. That’s it. 16,442 words – I’ll be printing it tomorrow and getting it bound on Wednesday, before I hand it in on Friday. I owe an awful lot to everyone who helped – especially those who I interviewed. If you’d like to read it, let me know, and I’ll send you a pdf version in a bit.

I’m now going to watch The Thick of It and eat the pop-tarts G brought me. Hurrah. And then write an essay for my PhD application. I might take a few days off to do some sewing.



I’ve got an article (I so want to call it a paper) published by the online journal Bad Subjects – it’s called “It’s not a hobby, it’s a post-apocalyptic skill: space, feminism, queer, and sticks and string”. Obviously, it’s not about disability – it’s about knitting. This is one of my favourite bits:

“In combining 1950s ideals of femininity with the well-established DIY culture of earlier Riot Grrrl, embracing domestic crafts—such as knitting—once again became an act of empowerment; this discursive position has much in common with some of the positions of Queer Theory. Knitting could be seen as much a gender performance as choosing a dress and lipstick over jeans and boots; in separating gender into performances, traditional stereotypes of femininity are a possible and valid choice in gender performativity.

Knitting can also be queered in the how and where it is performed—and who it is performed by; masculine cis-man knitting is as transgressive as a drag king; knitting in public queers that public space by introducing a private hobby into it. Yarnbombing becomes queer in taking the domestic into the public; using a traditionally feminine craft to queer previously masculine space, and reclaim it as the space of the feminine and a space of feminine gender performance.”


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