That first picture just fills me with such joy and a feeling of hope.
HEY ERIN HEY!
It’s the last picture that gets me. Her eyes are off reading the defense, because she’s not handing off to the RB, that’s a fake. She’s the QB and she’d doing her goddamn job and she’s doing it well. GET IT GIRL.
“Everybody says, ‘What happens when she gets hit?’ ” Gatewood said. “This isn’t a knock on Erin, but she’s bigger than 10 kids on my team. I have a wide receiver that weighs 25 pounds less than her. And the pads she wears are the same as the pads he wears.”
This is the only context in which football matters to me
GET IT GIRL
hahaha omg i thought this to myself too
Seriously, the thing that the coach said.
The media has really fucked with our perceptions of women’s bodies. Women, generally speaking, are way heavier than you think compared to men of comparable height.
i love everything about this photoset, but i especially adore the first pic, with her cheerleader friend helping her tie back her hair. just…y’know, cheerleading is so strongly linked to a particular embodiment of femininity, just as playing football is strongly linked to a particular embodiment of masculinity, and like. girls are always pitted against each other, man, and their different ways of being girls are always pitted against each other.
to me, that first pic overturns a lot of shitty narratives about girlhood and girl friendships in one cute snapshot of a fleeting moment between two friends. idk, i just really love it.
Great read from Lauren! Thanks for writing this.
Okay, white feminists. It’s time for us to have a chat.
As a white feminist, particularly one who is straight, cisgender, and able-bodied, I have a distinct set of privilege within this space. I know that my voice is heeded and respected in a way that marginalized women, especially women of color, never get to experience, simply because I am white. I know that I have been given opportunities that often elude marginalized women because of the privileged identities I hold. And I know that there are white women who understand this.
But I’ve also seen firsthand the myriad ways in which white feminists question the experiences of women of color. I’ve watched white feminists skyrocket to prominent media careers on the backs of women of color. I’ve witnessed white feminists co-opt the work of women of color for profit, without even bothering to credit the source.
I’m not above reproach. I have certainly profited from white privilege, and I wrestle with feelings of guilt at having my own paid writing gigs while feminists/womanists of color who I feel are far more intelligent and insightful than me theorize and organize for free on their personal blogs. I have many times failed to check my privilege. I have perpetrated racist harm.
But I am distinctly troubled by the continual lack of many white feminists to even acknowledge that this happens, let alone truly begin to restructure our movement to not just be more “inclusive,” but to truly embody the social justice goals for which we claim we are fighting. Unfortunately, this is not an isolated occurrence, but in fact underwrites so many of our interactions.
Today I watched a highly speculative-documentary on Human Origins….and this was my reaction to the whole thing.
If ObamaCare had been as unpopular as conservatives believed, their plan for the shutdown — that there would be a public uprising to force Democratic senators in close races in 2014 to defund it — would’ve worked. It didn’t. Not a single senator budged.
Their tactic failed, and now what they are left with is House Speaker John Boehner basically begging the president of the United States to negotiate with him.
One thing we know for sure is that it’s not an equal fight, this fight between a man who received 65 million votes nationwide and a man who received 246,000 votes in one congressional district in Ohio.