Why are 'feminine' crafts like basket weaving disparaged by politicians?

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Sue Green

We don’t see such sneers at woodwork, metalcrafts or other "manly" pursuits.

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About the author

Sue Green is Deputy Co-ordinator, Journalism Program, Swinburne University of Technology.

She has more than 40 years journalism experience, including holding senior writing and editing positions in Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong.

As well as journalism qualifications Green has a degree in textile design and is a Swinburne University PhD candidate by artefact and exegesis. Her project combines both her journalism and textile expertise – she is writing Disruptive Knitting: How knitters are changing the world, about politics, gender and knitting in Australia.