The Neighborhood is a weekly column brought to you by #TheManagingEditor. We can’t always cover every interesting story that comes up in sports, and there’s not always a place for the non-sports-related things we come across and want to share. Kick back with your favorite beverage and check out the many, many things #TME came across while wandering her internet neighborhood this week. (Photo credit: Sasha Davis)
The Neighborhood nearly didn’t make its debut this week. As it is, it’s coming up pretty late and I’m going to cop to back-dating it to look like I got it up at noon Friday, when it should have been. :D I’m not even ashamed.
Recovering from pneumonia takes a lot out of you, guys. I haven’t even opened my laptop since Tuesday, when my doctor told me my lung was crackly (FYI, they’re not supposed to do that), and had the nurse stick me with a very large and painful shot, in a tender spot. There’s a very good chance I might get to greet spring with full lung capacity – I’m very excited. (Just as a PSA, if you’ve been sick for three and a half months, you should have gone to the doctor two months ago. Don’t be like #TME, kids.)
But I did spend a lot of time on my phone and my tablet, wandering the world of sports and pop culture reports – in between epic naps – and I’ve got some pretty great stuff to share. Let’s start with the sports.
– In #TME’s local news: World bouldering competitor, 13, Ariana O’Brien is headed to the world championships in Italy
Ariana, now an eighth-grade student at Southern Hills Middle School in Boulder, has been climbing at the locally owned gym ABC Kids since she was 3. Last month, she competed at the American Bouldering Series National Championships in Madison, Wis., earning fifth place in her age division and a spot on the USA team at the IFSC World Youth Championships in Arco, Italy, in August.
She wants to be an engineer and go to Stanford or an Ivy League school. This kid rocks. (And now I want to go dig out my harness and get back on the wall myself.)
Equally adept in the world of business, music, or when presenting her own TV chat show, Dentaa Amoateng has for many years dealt with the very best footballing talent Ghana has to offer. Speaking to the BBC’s Caroline Barker, Dentaa details the barriers she has overcome and what still needs to change to have equality.
– My way cool spouse has recently gotten into mountain biking, and while I’m not entirely sure it’s my thing, I am of course going to be super supportive of him developing a new hobby. Earlier this week he sent me this article specifically so I could share it with you. I don’t know a thing about competitive mountain biking, but this news is pretty easy to understand and appreciate.
From British Downhill Series’ Facebook page:
“…the BDS for 2015 will pay out equal prize money to both the men and women, but that is not enough. Not just the BDS but the whole MTB media must support the female athletes. Therefore, we hope to lead the way in supporting the women attending the BDS with increased media coverage in our news reports. As well as:
-All posters produced for the series this year will feature a female athlete.
-Every page of the BDS website now features a female athlete, many taken by a female photographer Yasmeen Green.
We would like Great Britain to lead the medal chase not just this year but for years to come and we hope with the small steps above and continued improvement we can help all our athletes, not just the ones below achieve this goal.”
Rock on, dudes.
– I hope by now you’ve seen the #LikeAGirl campaign, and the extraordinarily impactful Super Bowl commercial that has highlighted the incredible insult in the phrase “like a girl.” But if you haven’t, check it out now.
Hilary Knight is a remarkable athlete, and a wonderful person. Her talent, her drive, and her efforts to promote women and girls as deserving of the same praise and acknowledgement as male athletes makes her a genuine inspiration. And you’ll see a lot of her here in my neighborhood, and over on our Tumblr, too. Check out her take on #LikeAGirl.
Speaking of Tumblr; let’s talk nerdy stuff!
– As you’ve probably heard, Ghostbusters is being remade with an all-female cast. And we’re super excited. Paul Feig has been outspoken about his opinion of the detractors of his casting choices, and it’s been great to witness. But it turns out that a second remake is being done at the same time. And let’s be real here folks, it’s probably going to be cast with a bunch of dudes.
Angela Watercutter takes an excellent look at the problems that arise in the boys vs. girls mindset that’s starting to dominate so much of our cultural interactions, and how the Ghostbusters reboots are contributing to it. (It’s an issue we also deal with here at TOH; are we making a safe space for women who just want to talk sports and sometimes other stuff without wading through Male Gaze in everything? Or are we contributing to the ongoing battle between girl stuff and boy stuff? I guess we’ll find out as we go on, you know?)
– Hey! Check it out: Lady Thor is outselling Dude Thor. This is my surprised face.
– Let’s talk about Batgirl a little bit. Or rather, let’s listen to what those with far more knowledge than me have to say about it.
We’ll start with The Mary Sue, one of my favorite places on the internet, and what they had to say right off the bat. They followed that one up on Tuesday the 17th with the report that the cover had been pulled at the request of the artist.
One of my nerdy artist friends from my childhood posted this link on Facebook today, and it really touched me, it’s a great perspective. One of the guys in the comments decided to “play devil’s advocate” and was basically ignored by all of us – but another guy commented and referenced this article from Entertainment Weekly, and noted that he found it to be a better and more comprehensive take on the issue.
I personally found it to be a bit longer than I felt it needed and wound up skimming most of it, but it is a very good look at the subject, and I want to highlight this particular quote from the very end:
This is simply what happens when a work attracts a wide and diverse readership—”listening to the fans” sometimes means other fans won’t be listened to. Naturally, as comics become more welcoming and books are made for audiences other than stereotypical male hardcore comics fans, sometimes those new voices will take precedence. And you know what? That’s okay.
It absolutely is.
– Moving on to totally random things, I found this article on the growing minority of white Christians to be really fascinating. I personally identify as a “none” – but I spent the first 33 years of my life a solid believer. The story of my loss of faith is simultaneously simple and complicated, but a lot of what is talked about here certainly contributed. It’s a clear commentary on the subject with a TON of links to meander through and get a more complete picture.
– I felt this was a great little post to end with. That font up there in my banner, the Neighborhood part, is a Jane Austin based handwriting font. It’s my favorite I’ve ever come across. I present to you one of the most hilarious, spot-on, rambling, ridiculous, profane and CAPSLOCK laden reviews of the 2005 version of Pride and Prejudice I have ever seen. With gifs. It’s written in the language of fandom, the particular vernacular of Tumblr and it’s FANTASTIC. But, you know, it’s going to make absolutely no sense if you haven’t seen the movie. It’s not exactly helpful, just super entertaining.
Wow, guys. That was a lot of links. And I’ll be honest, it’s probably never gonna get any shorter. This is our coffee shop chatty time, hit me up in the comments, I’d love to talk about all of it.
See you next week, my friends.
As a final note, I want to take a minute to give some love and sincere appreciation to the editorial staff – Eliza, Janice, Faith, and Beth – who stepped in and took care of everything for the site all week and told me to go sleep it off. We all have our tasks to keep things going and they’re amazing every day anyway, but the relief they gave me this week was so incredible, and let me recover in peace. Thank you, ladies, for being so much more organized than me, and so loving when I needed it most. <3