When you are the owner of a business, it is generally a poor idea to alienate one of your primary demographics. For instance, if you own a store that sells nothing but leather motorcycle vests you probably don't want to go on social media and decry the Hell's Angels. Also, if you own a yarn store, even in Tennessee, you probably don't want to go on social media and announce that you do not want any wimmen's libbers shopping in your store, being that we make up, if not a majority, at least a pretty good segment of knitters, crocheters and other yarn crafters. But that is what one yarn shop owner in Tennessee has decided to do!

Elizabeth Poe, owner of "The Joy Of Knitting" in Franklin, Tennessee, put up a Facebook post announcing that she didn't want no vile feminists buying her yarn! Because she is a Christian! And thus, apparently, way more offended by women buying yarn to make hats with cat ears on them than she is by a President who is fond of grabbing women by the pussy without their consent. Just as Jesus would have been!

With the recent women's march on Washington, I ask that you if you want yarn for any project for the women's movement that you please shop for yarn elsewhere. The vulgarity, vile and evilness of this movement is absolutely despicable. That kind of behavior is unacceptable and is not welcomed at The Joy of Knitting. I will never need that kind of business to remain open. Two wrongs will never ever make it right.

As the owner of this business and a Christian, I have a duty to my customers and my community to promote values of mutual respect, love, compassion, understanding, and integrity. The women's movement is counterproductive to unity of family, friends, community, and nation.

I do pray for these women. May the God work out His love in their hearts and continue to heal and unite Americans.


Well gee! At least she didn't accuse us of encouraging women to "leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians"?

Elizabeth Poe, by the way, has feminists to thank for the fact that owning a yarn store is any kind of profitable business these days. I'm sorry, but knitting and crocheting were not exactly "cool" things to do for quite some time before "the women's movement" got in on it. Perhaps most notably, BUST editor Debbie Stoller's books on knitting and crocheting were largely responsible for bringing the yarn arts to the attention of a new generation.

But never mind that! If she wishes to only sell yarn to non-feminists, I suppose that is her prerogative. I like how she specified that she only did not want to sell yarn to women making projects "for the women's movement" -- as if anyone who supports "the women's movement" would continue to shop there otherwise, for making non-women's movement related projects. Because I will bet you that's not going to happen.

I have no way of knowing what Poe's Yelp reviews were like last week, however as of right now she has a one-star rating, most likely due to this charming missive. Should you have some spare time to kill today, perhaps you'd like to share some thoughts on there as well!


Robyn Pennacchia

Robyn Pennacchia is a brilliant, fabulously talented and visually stunning angel of a human being, who shrugged off what she is pretty sure would have been a Tony Award-winning career in musical theater in order to write about stuff on the internet. Previously, she was a Senior Staff Writer at Death & Taxes, and Assistant Editor at The Frisky (RIP). Currently, she writes for Wonkette, Friendly Atheist, Quartz and other sites. Follow her on Twitter at @RobynElyse

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