SHUFFLE! bike polo podcast interviewed me, Aaron Hand, at the end of last week. We talked about 3-2-1 Polo!, the Enforcer, Prospectors, and so much more. You can give it a listen over on their website HERE and you can find it on iTunes HERE!
“Feminist on the Court” is a new monthly column giving a voice to a variety of women, trans, and/or femme players (and those that support them) from around the world. This month Jackie Mautner of Portland, OR brings us a list of helpful suggestions for allies. If you’d like to tell us your story, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There’s been a lot of discussion recently, sparked in part by the Tacocat music video, about cat-calling in particular, and sexism in general. Last month, on this blog, Sara penned a response which outlined why we should take call-outs seriously, and concluded with the sentiment that the polo community can do better. Similar to that article, this article is meant to provide some ways you can be a better teammate to the women/trans/femme (WTF) players in your life. It should go without saying that this is not a comprehensive list, nor do I believe that there is only one way to create a safer, more inclusive and diverse polo community. Think of these ideas as tactics that may be useful in a given situation/towards a greater goal, just as you would on the court.
This is a guest post by Sarah Danya of the LA Bike Polo club.
Last week Aaron Hand, webmaster here at 321bikepolo.com, posted an old video in which Seattle punk band Tacocat called out bike polo amidst a lengthy list of those (presumably men) who had catcalled them. Aaron’s original post, with the video embedded, can be found HERE.
If you aren’t familiar with the Seattle pop punk band Tacocat, then you definitely need to spend some time listening to their albums. THEY ARE SO GOOD! Not only do they make amazing music, but their lyrics are powerful and they are not willing to take shit from anyone. Just check out the song “Hey Girl” on their 2014 album NVM. In this song, Tacocat calls out all the men who have cat called them. Toward the latter half of the song the singer even calls out BIKE POLO for cat calling! We here at 321polo fully support efforts like this one and the Hollaback! Project and hope that our community can do better in the future. Watch the video below to check it out for yourself:
When bike polo is your life, it’s hard to wrap your brain around thinking about anything else. Even at the holiday season you’re brain jumps to which new bike polo bag to get, which new mallet head to try out, or which bike polo frame your going to buy with all of the money from your grandparents. With polo on the brain it can be hard to think about what to get those loved ones in our lives that don’t give a darn about the silly sport. For that, we are creating a list of awesome presents to buy now and will (hopefully) be here by Christmas. (note: sorry I didn’t get this out before Hanukkah.)