Hello! My name is La Macha, and I'll be guest blogging at Bitch for the next bit! Usually I post at Vivir Latino with the unrivaled mami blogger; Maegan "la Mamita Mala" Ortiz. I thank the amazing Debbie for allowing me this opportunity to post here!
While I'm at Bitch, I'll be blogging about sports related 'stuff.' Now, before you roll your eyes and skip over my posts, let me just say--there's a reason that my 'column' will be posted under Team Queer: Movement and Sports Through A Bent Lens. I know that there's a reason so many women don't like sports because on many levels, I am those women myself. So I will be spending a lot of time uncovering (and encouraging YOU to uncover for yourself) reasons that 'sports' in general are a major turn off to women.
Specifically--I am a queer, fat, mother of color that is uncoordinated, can't run worth a shit, has spent a lot of time temporarily disabled by a bad back, has only rarely been able to hit any type of moving ball and is pretty much beyond irritated by people (namely my partner) who insist that watching sports requires total silence, no questions and complete and utter focus on each play as it happens. Oh, and I also have little use for male showboating that makes up 99% of ESPN.
And yet, for some reason, I am inherently attracted to sports culture--even suffering through 3 years of bench warming on my high school soccer team just so I could be around the culture of sports. I love sports, and I am passionate about creating a space where women and girls like me have a respected and honored place in sporting culture--a olace that only marginally involves bench warming. I want the love of movement and sports to be respected above and over the need to win, and I think for that to happen, we have to really examine what makes the sporting community so inherently unpleasant for so many of us.
So--that's what I'll be doing here. Examining the sports community through an intersectional lens--how does racism, queerphobia, sexism, ableism, nationalism, sizeism, ageism etc all intersect with each other to create a culture that is inherently unfriendly and outright violent for so many of us? Is there a way to rework that framework? Is there a way to open a new space? What's working for women who love sports and are in sports? What's not working? Why?
I'm already excited just typing these questions out--there's so much potential just in asking questions! I look forward to attempting to answer those questions along side you!
Also, I have a very loose definition of what "sports" are--while football, baseball etc are all covered for me, I also consider less traditional things like biking, dance, spelling bees, and even eating competitions to be 'sports' (or at least sports related) as well!