miss_s_b: (Fangirling: Yorkshire)

This is great news, with one caveat. The Tour de France tends to be a total sausagefest. Yorkshire being the starting point for the tour is a marvellous opportunity to rectify this, not least in tribute to the amazing, mens'-world-record-beating Yorkshirewoman Beryl Burton.

Sort it out, cycling world!
miss_s_b: Peter Falk as Columbo saying "just one more thing" (Fangirling: Columbo)
In case anyone was wondering, I bloody loved it. From Isembard Kingdom Brannagh spouting the Tempest and chewing on a stogie to Paul McCartney going off key like we knew he would, and it not really mattering, I loved it.

Highlights for me included:
  • The inflatable pig over Battersea power station

  • London Calling seamlessly blending into the Pomp and Circumstance march

  • Brannagh's sideburns, and him joyously doing The Actor's Stance from Blackadder


  • The Windrush, and the Jarrow marchers

  • The fact that there were several people in wheelchairs in several of the segments, and they were just there, taking part, being a normal part of things, which is how it should be

  • Similarly, non-white people in all segments of the history bit, no whitewashing.

  • Yes, Rowan Atkinson was silly, but dammit, we're British, and we do silly so well

  • 86 year old Bond Girl in debut parachute jump

  • Headbanging to Bo Rhap around the Tardis, followed immediately by pogoing punks


  • 86 year old Bond Girl picking her fingernails and looking bored during the interminable parade of athletes (although whoever decided to have Fiji come out to The BeeGees needs congratulating) and Phil falling asleep.

  • Heroes

  • The cauldron - what a triumph of both symbolism and engineering
miss_s_b: (Default)
miss_s_b: Captain Kathryn Janeway (Sci-fi: Janeway)
When only 2% of sports coverage in the mainstream media mentions women at all, despite the massive successes of our sportswomen;
When Nuts and Zoo are on the judging panel;
When the uniforms for women's sports are specifically designed to cater to the male gaze because that's the only way we can get people* interested in women's sport...

Sports personality of the year really is an illustration of the problem, rather than the problem itself, isn't it? Hopefully this furore might get the media to pay a bit more attention to the stunning successes of some of our female sports stars, but somehow I doubt it. Post-feminist era my arse.

* for which read men**, because of course, women are NOTpeople and who cares if they are interested or not?
** probably young, white, able-bodied cis-gendered, heterosexual men, for that matter.

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