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Magical thinking

24 Jul
 

7 responses to “Magical thinking

  1. fuzziewuzziebear

    July 25, 2021 at 1:23 am

    It would be kind of funny if no one cared or watched.

     
    • feeriker

      July 25, 2021 at 2:26 am

      I think that’s extraordinarily likely to be what actually happens. People have had enough.

       
    • Will S.

      July 25, 2021 at 6:26 am

      I certainly don’t…

       
  2. feeriker

    July 25, 2021 at 2:31 am

    “Black Girl Magic”

    I notice that they’re putting Dominique Dawes on center stage as a commentator on women’s gymnastics. To the best of my recollection, she was a very much less than spectacular athlete in both Beijing and London (did she even win a bronze metal?). Yet now she’s being hailed as some kind of hero in the sport whose commentary will be taken as sage wisdom.

     
    • Will S.

      July 25, 2021 at 6:27 am

      Figures.

       
    • zerothposition

      July 25, 2021 at 7:26 am

      And Simone Biles is special for being so short without having dwarfism, not for being Black. A White girl who is otherwise similar should be able to perform comparably in gymnastics, and anyone much above 4’8″ would run out of space on those floor routines.

       
    • Elspeth

      July 25, 2021 at 7:49 am

      Dawes won a gold at some point. It was a very big deal in black media at the time. Mid-90s, maybe? Former athletes who have accomplished far less become commentators all the time..Shrug.

      For me, the more problematic idea is the one of “black girl magic”. I used to cringe every time I heard it, mainly because the people who would say it were far less than magical.

      What a lot of people don’t know is that the mostly benign phrase springs from an increasing embrace of the “dark feminine” among black women. The latter is ANYTHING but benign.

       

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