Over the past few days, I have run into stories of some absolutely fabulous women kicking butt in sports traditionally populated only by men. And when I say traditionally, I mean like long centuries of deep, masculine culture and history of manstuff. It’s so cool!
One exciting example is Samantha E. Cato-Mott (AKA Samantha Swords). She is a trained “European Martial Arts” expert and all-around ridiculously cool Renaissance Woman. She works as a film props/armor creator, stunt fighter, actress and champion sword fighter. Last year she not only competed against men in the Harcourt Park World Invitational Jousting Tournament, but also won the Longsword Competition.
You can see and hear an interview with her here:
Also this week, I ran into this piece from the New York Times about women who are competing in the male-dominated world of sumo wrestling. These women are flexing their muscles and presenting their power in a sport with traditions that span back centuries.
One woman in the interview states:
“It’s one of the few sports where as a big girl, you can actually have physical contact and not have to hold back, and not have to [worry]–Ooo am I gonna hurt him?”
One of the cool things about these women is that they are fighting full out and for real. They are not hypersexual parodies of fighters, they are warriors pure and simple. (Although I recommend against spending too much time in the comments section of any of the articles about them if you’d like to keep your sanity points intact.)
I think this is so important for young girls and young women to see. These women are stepping across traditional gender lines, fighting for the pure joy of athleticism, and kicking butt and taking names. They are demonstrating that there is room for all of us under the athletics tent. Whether male or female, thin or fit fatty, there is some wonderful way out there to get your sport on!
Love, Jeanette DePatie (AKA The Fat Chick)
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