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Last summer I attended a small meet-up and conference in London. The event was free, with the caveat that attendees were women, women-aligned or non-binary people under the age of 24. It was very much community focused, with a call for participants in the convention’s panels and events being circulated on social media.

I signed up to take part in a panel called Feminist Masculinity, and spent some time researching the topic, considering whether a feminist masculinity was even something that was possible if patriarchy more or less causes the “problems” which feminism seeks to “solve”.

I arrived a little late with a few friends. We stumbled into a half-panel, half-workshop on “craftivism”. We found seats and began crafting, listening to the ways in which modern women were reviving craft as an art form, relegating it from simply being a “woman’s work”, many of the attendees relating how they had been taught to sew and knit by their mothers and grandmothers. At this point, I felt a little bit like I didn’t fit. The panel was very insightful, but I couldn’t relate – I hadn’t been taught how to sew as a child, because as a child no one had thought I would grow up to be a woman.

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