when i started, they say boxing is not for girls. after i get married, they say i cannot win after marriage. after i have baby, they say i cannot win after baby.
this spleet-new epic by rahul bhattacharya on being mary kom, champion of the world.
(repeating what i said to a friend on email: one uncharitable thing i thought as i was reading the story was whether mary kom would have been able to box if she didn’t box AND conform to social expectations. the money quote in there about people saying she couldn’t do it because she was a girl/she was married/she had a baby is saying on the surface: i did it in spite of all these things, and the subtext is saying: i can continue to box because i’ve got all that other stuff done too.
i was a little thrown, but then i remembered that being an athlete must be one of the three or four loneliest things in the world, and there’s a reason why so many male athletes are married fathers so young, with women they meet so early in their lives.)
i’m glad this story’s been written. it is a long look at several aspects of mary kom and india’s expectations of her: i hope it starts many conversations. rahul addresses the peninsula’s hegemonic relationship with the north-east only with subtlety, as mary kom herself does when she says “it’s bad manners” when indians are racist to her and her colleagues from the n-e. she wants to make history for india. i want to know why.
hahahahaha Phelps! <3
Dreamy. Happy Birthday Ryan Lochte!! Stay gorgeous :D
Sad you lost to Phelps on your birthday though.
On another note, there is also fanfiction written about him with loads of lemon and sugar. (LOLWHAT HAHAHAHAHA SERIOUSLY?!)
Ok when the fuck will a sexy swimmer propose to me?!