It is time for me to say what I think because it is about something which is really important to me and something which I have never understood and also which needs to change if we are ever going to be ‘equal’.
Girls Specific Skateboard nights…..
Right before you instantly start to hate me I have a really good reason for thinking that these are totally NOT the most positive thing.
I know there are a lot of good reasons for having them and it is amazing for girls to connect with each other and I’m definitely not against girls skating together at all. I just really feel like a lot of the reasons usually feel very counter productive to achieving equality for girls and something just doesn’t sit quite right with me when I hear the phrase ‘girls only’.
I agree with an environment where beginners will feel like they can learn without being mowed down by the latest skatepark hero but I don’t really see why it would be more scary to start skateboarding if you were a girl or if you were a boy?
I feel like a lot of the reasons why girls don’t want to attend mixed sessions are just total myths so I have mainly written this to dispel them and to make beginner girls feel like they are most likely more than welcome anytime ;).
1.Boys/Men will not want you to be there and say you are rubbish if you are a beginner….NOT TRUE! Anyone who thinks this has clearly never met a skateboarder because almost all skateboarders are really nice and totally encouraging.
2.Boys who are learning to skate are any less intimidated than girls are.
If you are a beginner it is scary for everyone it isn’t because you are a girl .
3. I don’t know a woman alive who would say she is ‘intimidated’ by a man so why should it be any different at the skatepark? Let’s be serious and no offence to men but your average male skateboarder is about as intimidating as a pomeranian. Don’t let them scare you!
I feel like little girls especially are never going to feel like its okay to just turn up if they are constantly being told they are different and that they should attend a sex specific night.
So I am here to tell you, that you have nothing to fear 🙂 and to just get stuck right in take your space and go to the skatepark whenever you feel like it ;).
You may not agree with me and that is okay….so let’s spark up a conversation about this as I’d love to know if others feel the same or really just anything you think about it…..