Girls can’t use Tools

If you follow me on ye old Twitter, you may have noticed a bit of a rant from me this past weekend.


El Granto was at a Toronto FC game last Saturday. It was a gorgeous day out, and rather than sit inside, I thought I’d venture on my own to the lumber yard and pick up a few pieces of wood for the media cabinet project. I knew I couldn’t carry home all the lumber we needed, but I could get a few boards for the top and sides of the cabinet. That way when El Granto got home from the game we could get a bit of work done.


I (happily!) trucked four boards on the streetcar, and while waiting for a connecting bus an older gentleman asked me what I was doing with all the wood. I explained, and the first thing out of his mouth was “who’s going to do the work for you?”. I told him that I was going to do it myself. He scoffed at me and said sarcastically “you have tools?!”.  My ears were starting to produce steam at this point, when I told him yes I had all the tools I needed. (I am the girl who asked for and received a miter saw for Christmas after all.) His next question was “You don’t have money to pay a man to help you?” The old man was about to get smacked upside his head with one of my pieces of lumber any second.

Last I checked being a man wasn’t a requirement for operating a saw. Am I right?

Yeah, I get it, construction is a male dominated industry. Yes, I know I’m not as big and strong as my husband, but as often as not, I am sawing, and hammering, and nailing away just as much as the hubs. So next time you see a woman carrying lumber, or hanging about in the hardware store, give her some credit.

Sorry for the rant kids. It just blows my mind when in this day and age you still get dumbasses who think girls cant wield a hammer.

Author: Kristen

Kristen & her husband El Granto & their Vizsla Odin live in a converted Storefront in downtown Toronto.

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