How to Skate Like a Girl, Part 1


 Courtesy: MPORA/Pat Darrin
Courtesy: MPORA/Pat Darrin

Since skateboarding arrived in the 1950s, women like Patti McGee, Peggy Oki and Elissa Steamer have proven that skating like a girl isn't second-rate. Cristen and Caroline shred the history of women in skateboarding and how it evolved from a gender-neutral California pastime into a nearly boy-exclusive subculture.

Episode sources:

Ellen Berryman: Skateboarding Legend. http://longboardgirlscrew.com/2013/01/ellen-berryman-skateboarding-legend/

History of Skateboarding. http://www.streetisculture.com/2013/11/07/history-of-skateboarding/

Meet the skater girls of Afghanistan. http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/meet-the-skater-girls-of-afghanistan/

Photographers Jessica Fulford-Dobson Captures the Joy of Young Afghan Skateboarders. http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2015/04/skateistan-jessica-fulford-dobson/

Skateboarding Heritage Hall of Fame: Patti McGee. http://www.skateboardingheritage.org/skateboardinghalloffame/pattimcgee/

Silicon Valley Could Learn a Lot From Skater Culture. Just Not How to Be a Meritocracy. http://www.wired.com/2015/02/silicon-valley-thinks-can-learn-skater-culture-terrible-idea/

Smith Blurs Skateboarding Gender Lines. http://espn.go.com/espnw/athletes-life/article/9528118/espnw-alana-smith-blurs-lines-genders-skateboarding

Who's Rad? Ellen O'Neal Deason. http://www.girlisnota4letterword.com/2014/04/whos-rad-ellen-oneal-deason.html

Women in Skateboarding: Being a Lady (Who Shreds). http://www.huckmagazine.com/perspectives/reportage-2/women-in-skateboarding/

Women in X Games to Get More Prize Money. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/08/04/AR2006080400218.html

Women's Skateboarding: Why It Matters to Skate Like a Girl. http://www.forbes.com/sites/alanaglass/2014/07/15/womens-skateboarding-why-it-matters-to-skate-like-a-girl/.

Academic insights:

"Skater girlhood and emphasized femininity: 'you can't land an ollie properly in heels.' Kelly, Deirdre M.; Pomerantz, Shauna and Currie, Dawn. Gender and Education. September 2005. http://blogs.ubc.ca/ewayne/files/2009/02/skater-girlhood.pdf

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