Posts Written by Mara

If it’s pretty, it’s not a sport

A SYTYCB entry

The Olympics are a time of unity and excitement: we acknowledge diversity and achieve international cooperation; we celebrate feats of the human body that take our collective breath away. And somehow, during all of this, yelling “but is it a sport!?” becomes another Olympic event.

According to people who whined their way through Olympics coverage, basically every single Olympic event is “not a sport.” We all heard it: in the middle of rhythmic gymnastics, during Aly Raisman’s gold medal-winning floor routine, or after watching Russian synchronized swimming, someone (usually sitting on his or her couch) got very emphatic about whether the event used too much make up, included music, or was “silly” (because clearly, kicking a ball across a field for 90 minutes or hitting a ball with a stick isn’t silly at all).

The sports world has long been valued through a masculine lens, in which the primary elements that matter are strength and speed. Skill, of course, is also valued, but if an activity is judged on how aesthetically pleasing that skill is – in other words, if any athlete is also putting on a performance – it is suddenly “not a sport.” Making things aesthetically pleasing is not masculine; in fact, most of traditional femininity is based in performance and making things look good.

“I’ve even known some women who have been raped.”

A SYTYCB entry

After suggesting that women who have experienced “legitimate rape” have “ways to try to shut that whole thing [pregnancy] down,” Todd Akin donated another gem to Claire McCaskill’s Senate campaign:

“I’ve even known some women who have been raped and it’s a terrible, terrible thing.”

A SYTYCB entry

After suggesting that women who have experienced “legitimate rape” have “ways to try to shut that whole thing [pregnancy] down,” Todd Akin donated another gem to Claire McCaskill’s Senate campaign:

“I’ve even known ...

Sexiness: Good for America (but not the key to a post-racial nation)

This was originally posted – followed by some extremely thoughtful comments – at georgetown girl, a blog about being a feminist at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

When Old Spice first brought Isaiah Mustafa on board for what are, totally objectively, the best commercials ever made, I was really confused. REALLY confused. Blending in with Superbowl Commercials, Mustafa and his Old Spice writers created such an accurate, mocking picture of masculinity in football ads that I didn’t catch the irony. Yeah, whoops.


Since I’ve figured out what was going on, though, all I’ve wanted is two tickets to that thing I love.

I’m on a horse!

In case you were curious, the Old Spice caption text on the ...

This was originally posted – followed by some extremely thoughtful comments – at georgetown girl, a blog about being a feminist at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

When Old Spice first brought Isaiah Mustafa on board for ...