Krysten Ritter gets shit done and she’s a proud knitting nerd. She was on Stephen Colbert to promote all her latest projects: her knitwear designs, her latest book, Bonfire, and of course the new season of Jessica Jones. You can tell she’s legitimately excited to teach knitting to Stephen in this video. Perhaps it was a bit overly ambitious to teach him while on his talk show, but she’s legit happy. (Really, CBS, you couldn’t have setup an overhead camera so we could see their hands?) Stephen Colbert, however, does not pass the basic politeness to a knitter test. He’s so close though!
He admits that he doesn’t know anything about the knitting community and that that’s on him. Good job, Stephen! He admits defeat at learning how to knit. (Very relateable for new uncoordinated knitters.)
So close to a great knitting segment all around…but then he ends on “more appropriate if you were 80.”
No, Stephen. The woman knitting in front of you right now is not 80. She’s trying to make “knitting cool.” (To be fair, what’s not cool about being 80 and knitting all day?) He previously mentioned having no knowledge of the knitting community, so maybe don’t assume we’re all 80-year-old ladies? Just a thought.
You know who doesn’t have to deal with crap like this? Male crafters. For example, Nick Offerman. He has had a similar career to Krysten Ritter, except honestly he’s a bit less accomplished. He’s an actor who I’ve always enjoyed, and is famous for his role on Parks and Rec playing Ron Swanson. He, too, has written books. He, too, is also famous for discussing his “hobbies” on late night talk shows. But because he makes “manly” things like canoes, his efforts are treated with more respect. Sure, Colbert makes fun, but Offerman is in on the joke.
Krysten was not in on the joke on knitting. And the reason people make fun of knitting is because the majority of knitters are women and it’s considered a feminine craft, not an art. Which, as we all know, is crap – because there is some amazing, beautiful knitted art out there.
I know Stephen Colbert is not the enemy. We have far larger feminist fish to fry. However, I think it is important to remember that these small everyday slights can be seen in a larger context of how the work of women is disrespected and seen as lesser than.
To salve that wound, I’m going to be picking up Vogue Knitting with Kristen Ritter on the cover. So excited!
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