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    It just occurred to me (spin-off from healthcare)

    There seems to be a great deal of anti-capitalist hostility out there....

    "Get Crafty" itself is a capitalist venture! Take one woman (Jean Railla) who decides to better herself and accomplish something that benefits society, and here we all are! She writes a book, jumps through all the hoops necessary to get it published, and starts a website (maybe not in that order), and is an example of the entrepreneurial spirit.

    In my philosophy, that is essentially the soul of crafting - doing for yourself and helping others.

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    Hmm, so by that same token-- if Marx had ever set up a website as a means of distributing his information... well, damn.

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    Marx was such a badass capitalist, man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by soapandwater
    Hmm, so by that same token-- if Marx had ever set up a website as a means of distributing his information... well, damn.
    GRIN GRIN GRIN

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    "Truth is incontrovertible; malice may attack it and ignorance may deride it; but, in the end; there it is."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Halfnhalf
    "Truth is incontrovertible; malice may attack it and ignorance may deride it; but, in the end; there it is."
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    Boy, I must be stupid, because I don't get how website=capitalism, even though its so incontrovertible (to you).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Halfnhalf
    "Truth is incontrovertible; malice may attack it and ignorance may deride it; but, in the end; there it is."
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    How is it incontrovertible? Because you believe it? WEAK ARGUMENT. Try again.

    There is quite a difference between truth and opinion.

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    Getcrafty existed long before the publication of Jean's book. the website is not an advertisement for the book, it's designed to be a community.

    it's not an example of capitalism. sorry.

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    Yeah, I'm glad Winston Churchill is so quotable, too, but my only question is how just because something has ties to capitalism that means it's done with capitalistic intent?

    For instance, if I knit a scarf, even if I buy all of my supplies from people who make everything buy hand, I'm still buying it-- so, I suppose that is vaguely connected to a basic definition of capitalism. But DIY ethic is not in the same boat of the Incontrovertible Truth of Capitalism as it is now-- which is exploitative along race and gender lines (and creates class difference, which is okay until people are mistreated and left to suffer for something so silly as a difference in wealth).

    Furthermore, just because you publish a book and profit off of it does not make you a capitalist, or at least specifically, self-labeled and self-actualized, capitalist. After all, it's quite difficult to live outside of the system, unless you live in a commune-- so, yes, Jean published a book, and yes, she makes royalties off of it, and yes, you need money to buy food and pay rent. But I don't think she A.) makes a fortune off of Get Crafty/Hip Hom Ec or B.) that was the intent of her writing.

    In fact, from what I know of Jean, she's been a writer-feminist for quite awhile, and that was her intent, to showcase how to craft one's own life and empowerment in that sphere. The interesting thing about her book is it appeals to everyone from capitalists to socialists to communists, right? Which this means we all want individual empowerment outside of our economic goals.

    To be crafty can have serious implications for capitalism-- the more we take our lives into our hands and question our resources, the process of production, and the eventual product, the more we're challenging capitalism.

    OOPS!

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    From my understanding of Jean's manifesto, Get Crafty was created to be a forum for uniting people, often women, who are linked by DIY culture, and to reflect feminist values. I.e., not to make bundles of cash. If Jean can make enough to sustain herself, hey, that's freakin awesome, but I doubt very much she's gonna become the next Bill Gates, ya know?

    Much of the DIY subculture is acutally focused on anti-consumerism: making instead of buying, thrifting when one can, buying only what you need. I think you need to read a bit more about why many people are so interested in DIY ...

    Some suggested sources for ya:

    Boggs, Sheri. “Crafty Revolution.” Inlander. Online. Inlander.com. Sept. 19 2005.

    Greer. Betsy. “Protest and Dissent Come in Many Different Forms.” Craftivism: wee, yet mighty!. Online. Craftivism.com. Sept 19 2005.

    Stukin, Stacie. “Pretty Crafty.” Time. Mar. 2005: n. pag. Online. Time.com. Sept. 14 2005.

    Tipton, Kari. “Getting Crafty as a Feminist Statement.” Satya. Feb. 2005: n. pag. Online. Satyamag.com. Sept. 19
    2005.

    (others probably have even better ones - the Glitter mission statement and community guidelines also come to mind)


 
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