Knitting the Nation: Expectations of Women’s patriotism in Ireland and Britain

Great piece thanks

Four Nations History Network

Knitting the Nation: Expectations of Women’s patriotism in Ireland and Britain

This week, PhD student Olga Walker (University of Canberra) examines women’s patriotism through knitting across the four nations.

Since my last contribution to the Four Nations History Network in June 2016, my research journey has taken a tour of some very interesting back-roads. In this blog, I reflect on how hand-knitting was and, still is being used to identify women’s art as a patriotic activity. Taking a four nations approach has allowed me the opportunity to consider the role of hand-knitting from both a single nation’s historical perspective, while at the same time reflecting on some of the similarities across other nations. Women of the 1940s and 1950s in Ireland and Britain were asked to knit for their nation, and similar calls were still being made in 2016. The examples discussed show how patriotism can come in all shapes…

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Gender and terror – woman first, fighter second?

Interesting piece thank you

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Gender and terror – woman first, fighter second?

by Ashleigh McFeeters

As acts of political violence flood local and international news media outlets, it is imperative that academic study scrutinises, and if necessary, challenges, these news media representations. For the majority of people watching, listening to, or reading the news, these representations are the only information that they will receive. Hence, the content of these portrayals and how they are produced, have a significant impact on news consumers’ ideologies and understandings of political violence.

What is more, violence (and most threats to security) are deemed a primarily male domain. Women’s involvement in political violence jars with this ‘masculine endeavour. Women who commit acts of political violence are not depicted simply as combatants, freedom fighters or terrorists, but their representations in the news media are gendered. The terms female combatant/freedom fighter/terrorist are pregnant with gendering, as not only does the adjective…

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…Because I Don’t Have Kids

Wonderful piece thank you so much. I now always respond. When asked have i children. Dead or alive? That i find makes others think about what they have actually asked. Soul sister hugs.

Different Shores

I’ve stolen that title from Jess, who has written another great piece over at My Path to Mommyhood

As a couple who couldn’t have kids, I sometimes wish we did more “thumbing our noses at the situation”, as Jess describes it – like going out for dinner in the middle of the week just because we can. I was always very defensive with mums when they moaned about how hard parenting was:

You don’t get an unbroken night’s sleep? I haven’t had one since I was 18!

You never go out? Try a full-time office job and see how it saps your midweek motivation! 

You can’t even have a dump on your own? Try a lifetime of silence without any kids at all!

I suppose between the lines I was screaming “Don’t you get that I couldn’t have kids?”. I was pickled in self-pity; it got tiring: all it achieved was an impasse between me and…

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