Skate Like A Girl
As a collective we have always found our interest in skateboarding was often overlooked and misconstrued as an interest in male skaters. We were called skatepark slags and ramp tramps. Whenever we stepped on a board, we were often told we 'skate like a girl'! Yet we found ourselves constantly questioning what it even means to skate like a girl? How do 'girls' skate?
Regardless of how many safe spaces are created; especially for women/femme-identifying people, these phrases will be continually used. So, we thought it was in everybody's best interest to reclaim such phrases. Unfortunately, such phrases are just one of the many violences and injustices women face in their day to day lives. By reclaiming them, we give them power and a different meaning. Now when we hear the phrase 'skate like a girl' we no longer feel anxious or undermined. We feel empowered due to the community we have created/connected with through our collective. You don't have to be afraid of being called a slag here.
We don’t want to stop with skateboarding. Our goal is to empower and help ALL women. We will be hosting a fundraiser on the 17th February at Bootleg Social to raise money for Fylde Coast Womens Aid- an amazing charity that has huge impacts on many women’s lives. Fylde Coast Women’s Aid (FCWA) offers free advice and support to individuals living in Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre who are experiencing or have experienced domestic abuse, stalking and child sexual exploitation.
‘Although it may feel impossible now, you can rebuild your life free from violence and fear. Whatever you decide, your safety is always a priority.’
We have opened up this go fund me for anyone that can not make the event and still wishes to donate to the cause.