“‘Let Riko be King,’ Kevin said, with the exaggerated enunciation of the thoroughly sloshed. ‘Most coveted, most protected. He’ll sacrifice every piece he has to protect his throne. Whatever. Me?’ Kevin gestured again, meaning to indicate himself but too drunk to get his hand higher than his waist. ‘I’m going to be the deadliest piece on the board.’ ‘Queen,’ Andrew said somewhere behind Neil.” —Nora Sakavic, The King’s Men
Being from the South, Bitty had been swimming since he could walk (it’s the best way to beat the heat in the summer, and the most fun)
When he was 5 he saw synchronized swimming in the summer Olympics and told his mom he absolutely had to do it. Thinking it was just a phase, she signed him up for formal swim lessons. He fell even more in love with the water and when he was 7, he joined the Peach State Synchro team, the first male on the team.
This is what male reporters often don’t seem to understand: Women feel like people. We don’t think constantly about being women. It’s natural for us. We can even forget about it for long stretches of time.
Mariah Burton Nelson, “How A Woman is Supposed to Act” in The Stronger Women Get, The More Men Love Football (1994), p.198.