[QueerWOC Wednesdays] Brittney Griner: The Body Issue(s)
“I’m sure people are going to have a lot of critical things to say [about these photos]. ‘Yo, she’s a man!’ But hey, that’s my body and I look the way I look. People are either going to accept me for who I am or they’re not. I don’t know what people think I’m hiding.” -Brittney Griner
By now you all have probably seen the ESPN Body Issue photos of Brittney Griner, center for the Phoenix Mercury. I posted a quote along with one of the photos HERE last night, and the post already has over 2,000 notes! I don’t think it’s just because BG is fine as hell, but because she is speaking to body issues so many of us have as visible and not so visible Queer women of color.
Brittney publicly gets gender policed, misgendered, harassed, and trolled about her gender presentation constantly. People say the most horrendous things to her in the comment sections on social media sites regarding her body and she is often praised for how “gracefully” she handles the insults. Sadly, most of the comments I have seen have been from other women of color! All of my close friends know that I’m infatuated with BG so they don’t even try it around me, but yesterday the comments my sorors made about her pissed me off in entirety!
Yall…can we stop and celebrate that this is a Black woman who openly defied your gender norms and also proudly identifies as a lesbian!
Yesterday I beamed with excitement after hearing Brittney talk candidly with ESPNW about her process of coming to accept her body and her gender presentation. As a masculine presenting lesbian, she is the visible target of not only sexuality slurs, but also transphobic comments that deny her gender. This made me stop and think about the risk, bravery, and beauty that is Masculine lesbians. Hypervisible and invisible simultaneously, masculine lesbians are out here putting their bodies on the line. They threaten heteronormativity and cisnormativity in a way that allows them to access little glimmers of male privilege, yet make them more vulnerable to hate crimes (possibly because they’re read as Trans, and we all know that the violence Trans folx face has got to stop and is a.fucking.ppalling!) Outside of the lesbian community, masculine lesbians aren’t quite read as men or women and too often have to defend themselves against foolishness at every turn. This as we have seen too many times before is only heightened when you throw in some melanin (Vive Jessie!)
Yet masculine lesbians shine! They wake up everyday and don their bow ties, fitted caps, locs, and fades and slay for the kids! Comfortable in their button ups or joggers, Bois, Studs, Doms, AG’s, and Dykes give us all just a little more permission to be ourselves each time they walk into a room and get stares. In ways that I will never know as a not-so-gender-nonconforming lesbian, Masculine Lesbians of color are slaying!
But I can learn from the experiences of masculine lesbians. I can learn to be comfortable wearing things that society says I shouldn’t wear because of my body. I can learn to accept myself fully, even if others never will. I can learn to dress - or undress - for my approval and no one else’s. I can learn to smile, knowing that I am radically loving myself in public by being as true to me as I can. Thats some shit I can feel as a fat Black feminist!
There is a message there for everyone!
Brittney Griner is dismantling your box labeled “women” while all of us watch and regardless of anything else, I have to thank her and other women who might be too flat, too fat, too tall, to hairy, too dark, too skinny, too masculine, too loud, too aggressive, too whatever to fully fit neatly into “women” for making space for others to live in their truth and be comfortable with their body issues.
DeWanna Bonner currently plays for the Phoenix Mercury in the WNBA, with whom she has won two WNBA Championships. Bonner played for Auburn University in college, where she scored a school record of 2163 points.
THREE CHEERS : Becky Hammon has been named the first woman to ever coach an NBA Summer League team. A great player in the WNBA, she’s even better at breaking glass ceilings. Hooray for Becky Hammon! She’s a damn good coach too.
The WNBA’s Tulsa Shock have been in the headlines recently because of news that they are relocating to the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Professional women’s basketball is no stranger to the Metroplex, but this would be the first WNBA franchise to grace it.
The Shock entered the WNBA world in 1998 in Detroit with the same nickname. After 12 seasons in the Motor City, they relocated to Tulsa. This season is the team’s sixth in Oklahoma and, as we’ve recently learned, their last.
The Shock have won 3 championships, all coming during their time in Detroit. Along with a triumvirate of titles in their history, the Shock have had an impressive “Who’s who” of coaches. Nancy Lieberman, Bill Laimbeer, and Rick Mahorn have all roamed their sideline. They also have some notable names heading South, including the very popular Skylar Diggins, as well as former Baylor star, Odyssey Sims.
So they have some flash in different area on paper, but what about their logo? Meh…
With relocations comes a new logo and I’m excited to see what they come up with next because it has to be better than their current logo. This current model is about as generic as can be with a very WordArt feel to it.
There’s a generic basketball in the background, barely popping up from the lettering. There’s a generic lightning bolt striking through the lettering, also in the background, too. The lettering is fine, but if you’re turning to lettering to “make” your logo, you’re in trouble.
I don’t know, maybe I just got stuck with a bad taste I can’t shake, but this logo has no personality to me. There’s nothing about the logo that makes me think it is any different than a template. There’s no Tulsa skyline or anything that makes me think about the city or state. If that’s not your thing, the main imagery, the lightning bolt, is generic and plain, too.
Their colors are officially listed as gold, black, white, and red. The two colors that pop the most in the logo are gold and red. It looks fine from a color standpoint, but it is working with such a generic palate that it negates the plus that the colors provide.
My plea to the Shock organization is to come to DFW with a much better look. This logo is bland as can be and I’d love to at least have a tiny desire to buy some gear of this franchise, but if I’m a DFW native and this is my logo, I’m not touching it at all.
We at Awesome Sports Logos have a pretty cool Dallas logo that we came up with that has some great history. We introduce you to the Dallas Doughboys.
A Doughboy is a term used to describe an American soldier. This term dates all the way back to the Mexican American War that focused around Texas. Some say it originated because many noticed that U.S. forces were constantly covered with chalky dust from marching through the dry terrain of Northern Mexico making the men look like unbaked dough. There are many other theories on the nickname, including how the infantry baked with rice and dough during war rations.
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