I certainly apreciate the affirmations expressed here (that sounds sarcastic when I read it, and it’s not… totally sincere I swear). I’ve never had an issue with other’s opinions of my so-called differences that lasted for more than a moment; I think I’m way too cool to let other’s opinions bother me for long
As you say, we all have moments of exclusion and externally-inspired self-doubt. That’s why I think its important to talk about it, and share our individual experiences - not only do we all remember that we’re not alone but we also get to learn about others and ourselves when we share. (God, I feel like a high-school counselor when I write something like that!)
FeministMama’s post brought issues of diversity to mind that I’d never thought of before, and am now glad to be aware of. Her thoughts and experiences, as well as those of the others that responded, have opened a window into looking at my knitting world in a whole different light. I’ve gone back and looked at my pattern books and apreciate the ones that show diversity. My world view has been expanded (Keanu Reeves Voice “Whoa, dude!”)
Again, I’m lovin’ the support, new ideas, and freedom of expression of a welcoming board like this!
(As a side note, I’ve always compared my standards of self-expression to that of pop culture just to see where I’m at - it’s a fun excersise for me. And if dykie, artistic, butch girls become in style, then I’ll be a trend setter, tee hee!)