Fave moments: 1:40 and 3:00. Check it.
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I’m just using this as a moment to bring attention to your assumption that figure skating is feminine and in need of “butching up.”
Is it not possible for a man to express himself on ice skates, other than through hockey?
What does it mean to be a man and how would he express himself? Is art an option? Or only aggression?
I ask these questions because I’m a ballet dancer, and guess what I’m a guy and not trying to “butch it up,” just trying to do what I love. But I still face comments like this all the time where people don’t think about the implications of their word choice.
Support healthy artistic expression, even if it doesn’t come out they way you were raised to expect it.
Feel free to respond. And thanks for sharing a video I really enjoyed.
The comment is a sarcastic rebuttal to the sport’s response to Johnny Weir. Thanks for your input–I just wanted to clarify that I agree with you on all points. See this video for more background: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqCJ75A0J54
Okay, thanks. I think that I took it out of context because I was linked from Boing Boing, where the whole discussion was about how Kurt Cobain would have hated this, and how that guy was weird and stuff. So, sorry if I misread your stance, as I was already coming at it from a defensive side from there.
I commented on Boing Boing that Kurt Cobain was an artist, and would probably recognize the artistry and expression in this performance.
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Erin Polgreen works at the intersection of audience engagement, news innovation, and entrepreneurship. She is the founder of Symbolia: The Tablet Magazine of Illustrated Journalism, is building the Media Ideation Fellowships, and regularly consults for a variety of foundations and media organizations.
Erin frequently speaks about editorial collaboration, comics journalism, and media innovation at venues such as the Public Radio Program Directors Association, NAMAC, the National Conference for Media Reform, the Society for News Design, and SXSWi.
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