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My 2017 Fantasy League came in 3rd Place!
Dana Gavin

Hi Michael,

Thank you!

I appreciate the disclosure, and I look forward to reading your post with an eye towards how our two pieces might intersect.

Yes, the physical location is certainly a part of the experience for me. Not only would it be expensive for me to purchase NFL ticket, my home (tragically!) only has two TVs, so I would miss out on the other games playing concurrently on full screens! I also enjoy having the in-person camaraderie of the people at the pub who aren’t my direct fantasy competitors. In terms of how I am regarded as a “female player”: obviously, I don’t know how each person privately regards me. In terms of how I perceive the way I am perceived, I do not feel like my interactions with the men and women who gather to watch the NFL games treat me in any specifically gendered way. I can say that I am never quizzed by the men (or male-presenting people) in a way that makes me “prove” I’m not a “fangirl.” People know the teams I’m following, and often offer me good wishes if some team (coughSaintscough) is playing well or playing poorly. I have seen women and girls being given “fan purity” tests in all manner of fandoms, and yet, my interactions at the pub are mostly free of that. I have to note, though, that there is a pretty even balance of genders on any given Sunday, so I’m just one of the many.

I have to also note that I’ve been pretty successful in my leagues, so I don’t provoke a lot of inter-league hazing. I encountered some of the “stereotype” when I was playing in the in-person league, until I beat them all to claim the cash prize. I think, though, more and more — *especially* with anonymous online gaming — we’re getting away from having “one right (masculine) way” to draft a team and create line up strategies. There’s less off the “Oh, did you draft that guy because you think he’s cute?” and more “Ahhh, what do you know about that player that I don’t? Is this going to be his year?!”

My 2017 Fantasy League came in 3rd Place!
Michael Blight

Hi Dana,

Wonderful post!

Full disclosure: I have spent very little time considering female participation in fantasy leagues. I do, however, mention heteronormativity in my post later this week.

We often talk about fantasy sports as an activity that is omnipresent and ethereal - something that happens somewhere in the cloud. Your mention of going to a physical location is an interesting intersection a la Putnam’s third places.

These brick and mortar locations likely provide inadvertently normative behavior from the males that surround you. You write, “In that space, I am also surrounded by other fans who are simultaneously participating in their own fantasy leagues, and we often discuss how our teams are performing.” In those moments, I am curious to know how much your investment in the leagues (i.e., game knowledge, matchups, gambling odds, etc.) influences the perception of you as a “female player.”

Perhaps the initiation process into these communities is different based solely on you being a woman?

I’d be curious to know what rites and rituals look like compared to the stereotypical portrayal of men playing.

Dear Sisters
Rebecca Mercado Jones

That’s a good question, Tanya.

I’ve been thinking a lot about what gets missed in these intellectual conversations surrounding #MeToo and #TimesUp which is just a general acknowledgment of someone’s pain. So let me say that first, I see you and I hear you and I believe you.

Second, I think what would be helpful is if these actresses could use their art to amplify the stories and experiences of the women in “low wage” industries. What is a day of a migrant worker like? What kinds of complex struggles do these women face? Why not dramatize this and put it into a movie or documentary form? These actresses and industry women could use their storytelling powers and economic privilege to bring the public to awareness of the multiple ways in which migrant women are silenced.

Also, I think it’s important to address the things in my critique; which is the inaccessibility of the internet and the resources in English.

#MeTooK12
Tanya Zuk

This post hits close to home for me for a variety of reasons, and I am heartened that this issue is finally being addressed in a public forum. I’m particularly glad to see that the sub-movement has sparked potential changes into adding to the curriculum to address these issues with students. Are there any resources available for parents and students that can be shared here?

Dear Sisters
Tanya Zuk

Great critique! There is a clear lack of understanding about the needs of the migrant population and what would be useful and accessible. What would be better alternatives for the TimesUp movement to assist women, migrant workers?

#TimesUp NYT Announcement
Rebecca Mercado Jones

Although I criticize #TimesUp in today’s publication, I think you’re definitely right, it’s too soon to see whether or not #TimesUp can create and sustain change. Although the pessimist in me doubts it. Good work here.

Kim Chi with Donut
Jennifer Lynn Jones

Thanks so much for your comment, Milena! Glad this resonated with you.

Kim Chi with Donut
Milena Droumeva

Literally today played a video critiquing the gay dating scene for being so exclusionary and blatantly racist/sexist - this is so on point! In looking for the underlying narrative, it makes me think of an essential fear of the feminine, the overflowing, the uncontained, the abject, the different, the thing lacking clear normative criteria for mainstream appeal. Thank you

Jennifer Lynn Jones

Thanks for your post, Andy! I really appreciate your notation of how Bianca negotiates her relationship to the show. Curious for your take on what she could do (if anything) to further disentangle her brand from the show, if it’s desirable or possible?