When I started this blog I expected no end of accusations that I am nothing but a profligate doomsayer. Happily, I could not have been more wrong. That I never have anything nice to say about anyone or anything doesn’t seem to bother anybody! This evokes in me plump, warm feelings towards the world’s patriarchy-blamers. Which is not to be confused with me saying something nice. I’m just sayin, period.
Anyway, although the usefulness of balancing obstreperosity with optimism has never been adequately demonstrated to me, there is no reason to cling obstinately to a crapulent worldview when semi-pleasant, patriarchy-impairing events appear to transpire. To wit: the report I received this morning from Antelope, one of our wild Alaskans. Quoth the ‘Lope:
“Superbowl Sunday, and what’s on the front page of the Anchorage Daily News?
â€¢ An article about a teenage girl wining the statewide wrestling championships at the 103-lb level by beating lots and lots of boys, at least one in 48 seconds flat. This makes the first time a girl has won state anywhere in the country, though apparently several have come close before.
â€¢ An article about how only 2 of the 11 Alaskans participating in the winter olympics are likely to bring home gold medals, a women’s hockey goalie & a member of the women’s curling team.
Both articles have some signs of patriarchy getting its nose out of joint out towards the end, but all in all I thought it was very cool of the editors to do that, especially on this particular day, and especially without making a big deal of patting themselves on the back for it.
â€¢ There were also pieces further back in today’s paper about Keira Lestina, an Alaskan woman who performed the classic “male movie hero” feat of dragging a family from their burning vehicle just before it exploded, and Lauri Waterman, a 16-year-old Alaskan accused of having some guys knock off her mom. So women are holding the ‘top angel’ and ‘top devil’ slots in our local news today as well as dominating the athletic news. Whatever else you can say about Alaskan women, we sure as hell aren’t invisible.”