abcd Posted September 9, 2014 Share Posted September 9, 2014 I extracted some of this from a couple of my previous posts in the introductions folder and moved it here instead: My folks said that when I was little I told them I wanted a dollhouse- I didn't care about dolls I wanted the house itself, and I got one though I don't remember it, this would have been around 1964 or 1965 which was back in a time when the steretypes and all were extremely strong, boys were all but required to and played with trucks, planes, G.I. Joe so called: "action figures" (disguised dolls) and played "army," and girls played house, cooked, played with dolls and doll houses and like ruffles and so called feminine things. It's difficult to escape those stereotypes even today, that's one reason why you don't see men wearing dresses, yet women can wear "mens' pants" along with 3 piece suits and cut their hair short as a man traditionally always had, and no one gives it a second thought. The next house we moved to had a custom-made mailbox a friend or an employee of my dad made for us out of wood, it was as I remember- a miniature replica of our garage, oh I begged dad to take it with us when we moved and cried when we left it behind! My favorite thing was going out to get the mail and opening the miniature "garage" door to get it.Back in the 1920s or around then, in France maybe- a woman sculptor whose name escapes me at the moment, actually had to apply for permission and get some kind of permit or approval to wear "mens" clothing! She found it more practical and comfortable for her work.So we've come a long way since but along way to go yet.It all depends on where you live too, I happen to be in a very small town with under 1,800 people, a large number of whom are over age 62, a large percentage of farmer type backgrounds, and not especially open to new things. It would seem to be somewhat of a challenge to find something for us guys along the lines we are looking for, I am guessing because the stereotype has been that "dollhouses" per sei are a "girl thing" due to their traditionally having dolls, men interested in miniatures are "supposed" to go for the "manly" things like HO model railroads, gas airplane models, model cars and Esty rockets, so the books and magazines seem to reflect this and seem to be aimed quite a bit more towards girls and women than men.I can really see there's somewhat of a "hole" men seem to fall through when it comes to miniature publications, and in advertising etc., at least as far as houses and roomboxes, furniture etc goes, there's loads of model railroading books and magazines, clubs, groups etc with more of a focus towards men but that's a different category.You don't see this masculine/feminine thing in sculpture because it's always seemed to be an equal gender thing, with plenty of women sculptors along with men sculptors, women even creating larger than life, massive equestrian monuments out of bronze on a huge stone base, while you'll also see men sculpting coin designs and flowers in stone. The sculpture magazines also reflect this- geared for the professionals and the trade.I'm not real thrilled by miniatures having the connections to and association with "dollhouses" and childrens' toys, not only because it just has the association of being a "girl" thing, but also the association with "crafts" and factory mass produced components (Houseworks parts etc) ditto for ordering items from various places and the packages come with: DOLLHOUSE or TOY in big letters on the address label or whatever.I get the "when are you going to put your dolls in there?" at work where I'm working on my roombox which shows the stereotype is pretty strong even in 2014, but hopefully as more men are seen, profiled in magazines, and become recognized as professional miniature artists that will change. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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