This site is for you.
Three months ago, I was frustrated and angry and struggling to carry the weight of loving something fiercely that didn’t love me back. My passion for sports had led me to a community of people who were talking about stuff I was interested in, who cheered for the same things I did. Unlike my future husband, these people actually understood why it was really important for me to schedule my wedding on a very specific set of days between the end of the NHL regular season and the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Then my community reminded me – with multiple domestic violence cases, harassment incidents against female fans, and the gauntlet of Top 10 Disembodied Cheerleader Breasts listicles we all have to scroll past to read a stats piece on fantasy football sleeper picks – that there wasn’t a seat for me at the bar.
Any place I wanted to feel welcome, I’d have to make myself.
As it turns out, I wasn’t alone. I put out a call, and what I heard in response was: YES. Yes, we’re gonna do this. We’re making a place for people whose voices are rarely, if ever, heard. A place where they don’t have to run the gauntlet every time they want to talk about sports.
This is how the world moves forward: we push it there.
I’m proud of the women who have signed on to push with me. I can’t wait to see what they have to say. The Other Half is made up of smart women, fierce women, women who have written for the New York Times, for Sports Illustrated, for blogs and newspapers, created their own podcasts… and some voices who are new, taking a chance with us to write for a large audience for the first time.
Our Managing Editor, Sasha, has written an excellent letter to y’all to explain how we function: our structure, how we work, how the site has come into being. In her letter she talks about voices – how she’s finding hers, how our writers and editors are coming together to build our site’s voice and establish or expand on their own. To this list I would add one item: your voice.
If you’ve found your way to The Other Half, we want you as a part of our community. We want to amplify your voice. Women aren’t a monolith. We aren’t always going to agree, and that’s okay. We want you to feel like you have a place here. We want you to see yourself reflected in the sports world here, as a fan or an athlete. Our inbox is always open to pitches. If you’ve got something you need to say about your fan experience, we’re here to listen. Tweet us, talk to us in the comments – help us create enough seats at the bar for everybody.
As #TME notes in her letter, half of all sports fans are women. Welcome to The Other Half. Our Half.
– Eliza, Editor-In-Chief