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Monday, October 1, 2012


Exposure 2012: girls' contest at the Clairemont YMCA

Underexposed: a documentary film by Amelia Brodka, Co-produced by Brian Lynch. Music: "Clubbin" by Ella Riot. Skaters: (in order of appearance) Amelia Brodka, Nora Vasconcellos, Allysha Bergado, Leticia Bufoni, Julz Lynn, Alexis Sablone, Gaby Ponce, CB Burnside, Lyn-Z Adams-Hawkins, Lizzie Armanto, Eliana Sosco, Jen O'Brien.

Exposure 2012: girl contest at the Clairemont YMCA

Amelia Brodka, the director Underexposed is organizing a girls' contest on November 3rd at the Clairemont YMCA.

In her movie, Amelia is asking why can't girls get a fair shake in the skate biz? Is that because we keep on calling them girls and even if we promote them a lot, they don't like it and don't return the favors? The big thing of the moment is girls saying we don't respect them because we don't use the uplifted terms "women" or "ladies" when we talk about them. Actions speak louder than words. Why does it matter? Why does a word matter more than the underlying support? Skateboarding is not The Macy's end of year parade or the Tupperware club. Skateboarding is all about insurgency, sweat and commitment and radness. If you are not rad are you really a skateboarder? There is a reason why girls’ skateboarders are not tennis or golf players or ballerinas or soccer moms. There is a reason for the pirate bowl contest; there is a reason for the knee pads and helmets at the Combi. And sorry for my French (really) but I see “women’s skateboarding” or “ladies’ skateboarding” as  oxymorons.

Cindy Whitehead with the board she designed for Board Rescue's Skate Art Show in 2011. Cindy was as once pro for Tracker and Pepsi and she is not shy to call a banana a banana...
Even the girls themselves are reluctant to use “woman” or “Lady” when they talk about themselves. Proof is the name of those organizations, ALL of them created by girls’ skateboarder:

- http://girlsskatenetwork.com/
- http://skatelikeagirl.com/
- http://www.allgirlskatejam.com/
- http://girlsthatskate.tumblr.com/
- http://girlsriders.org/
- http://allgirlskatejam.com/site/
- http://www.girlonaboard.com/

Which one has the word “Lady” or “women” in it? Even the Hoopla website describes its goal as “to encourage both girl's participation and progression in skateboarding.” Of all the girls skateboarding organization that I know, only Rogue don't call themselves "girl", they call themselves "female", but they are excused because they are British... LOL...

So, don’t bite the hand that feed you, don’t mislabel your friends as enemies, remember that girl is not a 4 letter word and support the ones that support you.

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posted by Xavier Lannes @ Monday, October 01, 2012 




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