Hello! My name is La Macha, and I'll be guest blogging at Bitch for the next bit! Usually I post at 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! La Macha 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!