Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette

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Building and Weaving

[personal profile] ithiliana pointed me to this eloquent essay about metaphors of theory in academic writing.  The prevalence of building reflects a masculine perspective.  The addition of fibercrafts restores the feminine.

But genderfreak that I am, I immediately thought of cob building, which is done with clay, and a more quintessentially feminine medium would be difficult to find.  Fresh clay is slick and wet and red.  When fired, clay becomes strong, and fireproof, and lasts practically forever.  Even sun-dried clay is very tough stuff.  The nature of cob encourages curved, flowing lines rather than straight edges.
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