What a week so far. The above graphic is a good reminder for all of us. Sometimes, I think, we try and control others in many of these areas and we need to step back and just worry about what we CAN control.
This week, I decided to take control of what I could control and I have been very busy. I have downloaded ALL of my library patterns from Ravelry into a file on my computer. My footprint in Ravelry has been pretty much deleted other than the 8 groups I belong to. Those 8 groups discuss nothing other than knitting and crocheting. The religious group I belonged to, on Ravelry, disbanded for fear of censorship. How sad is that? It was a place we prayed for others, discussed our religious beliefs, talked about our families, and found ways to use our crafting skills to make the world a better place. (ie: prayer shawls, hats for preemies, burial gowns for stillborn babies, blankets for orphans etc.)
So, now as I get ready to participate in Year of Projects Year #9, my heart is heavy with the way things stand on my once favorite web site. We are not allowed to show support of any kind to the present day POTUS, yet there are patterns on their site using the foulest of language aimed at the POTUS. What kind of double standard is that? How about leaving politics of ANY kind for any country off of there all together. What would happen if the same language was used and aimed at the opposing candidate for POTUS? Or what if it was aimed at a certain race or religion? I am sorry. This angers me quite a bit. This pattern has been flagged numerous times stating it is offensive and should not be allowed on their site. Not only does it aim at the POTUS, it has a chart so you can change the wording to aim it at Brexit and the VPOTUS.
If there has been people taunting and demeaning others for their liberal or conservative views, then ban those people from the site. But to make it sound like all conservative persons are horrible people makes me super sad. That is like saying all people of a certain religion or race are horrible people. We are all individuals! None of us are 100% perfect. There has only been one perfect person recorded in history and until someone else walks on water, get over yourself!
Sad to hear about Ravelry Marsha. I don't really follow politics much and there is a good reason for it. I just can't handle all the personal bias and hatred people show for each other depending on their beliefs.ReplyDelete
I think the whole thing was poorly done (continues to be poorly done) and is unnecessarily offensive. The worst thing, IMO is that it has in some cases turned friends into adversaries, (or at a minimum... not-sure-if-I-can-trust-'ems). If I hadn't dug in deep, joined some groups I never before knew existed, and watched the conversations and some responses from Ravelry Admin (sometimes Casey himself), I wouldn't have believed it had I only heard about it from others. My heads still slightly spins...ReplyDelete
I commented on the housekeeping post with my views Marsha and I'm not even from the US and I found it to be of a double standard....like you I am reducing my footprint on Ravelry to just a the YOP group and not other.ReplyDelete
I’m working towards what you and Ruth are doing.... reducing my footprint.....not sure what to do with my favorites or how to deal with my library 😢. Such a disappointing situation.ReplyDelete