5 Friyays: February 15

5 Friyays: February 15

Hiya! It’s Dr. Hinson back with my 5 Friyays for the week that was. Though we’ve had a wintry week in Pittsburgh, the days are getting longer and a bit brighter, and Spring feels like it’s finally on the way. I’ve got a crackin’ list for this week, if I say so myself, so let’s dive on in.

The LegenDerry Girls are Back

Perhaps the most exciting news in my week was the release of the Series (Season) 2 trailer for Channel 4’s smash success ‘Derry Girls.’ The long awaited second season is almost upon us. If you’re in the States, you can catch Season 1 on Netflix (I’ve already watched it twice through), and I’m sure Season 2 will be along in good time. If you’re not sure what’s going on in the show, Dr. D and I have made a handy primer as well. 

Celebrating Indigenous Art

This past week, I came across this article in the Indigenous news source High Country News about an exhibition by Two Bulls, a Lakota family of artists. The article showcases the diverse artistic production of Indigenous people – while simultaneously interrogating white interpretations and valuations on Indigenous art. In the Art World, Indigenous work is often considered for its anthropological, or ethnographic value, as opposed to other more ‘Western’ conceptions of art and artistic production, that are valued for their aesthetic appearance, and adherence to ‘traditional’ art methods. But – art – it’s meaning, value, and significance, should not be determined by outsiders, but by the makers and producers, as this article so adeptly demonstrates.

Wild West Fashion

Growing up in Colorado, I am very familiar with the fashion of the West – influenced and informed by Indigenous, Mexican, and Cowboy cultures. I loved this photographic essay exploring the heritage and meaning of dressing in the West.

A Millennial Appreciation for Jane Austen

Many of you may already be aware that Jane Austen is my favorite writer. I have at least two whole collections of her books, and read through them often. I am a big fan of most of the film and TV adaptations, and watch them often. Though I’m technically a member of the Millennial generation, I’m just a few years off the Gen X bubble and consider my worldview to be quite different from those towards the end of the generation (born in the early to mid 1990s). I was surprised to find this article examining why Millennials love Jane Austen, and find agreement with readers from across the generational span.

Breaking the ‘Ice Ceiling’

The ‘Ice Ceiling’ is the term I’ve just come up with to talk about the Glass Ceiling that women face in professional hockey. We’ve had a recent crack in that ceiling in the form of USA Olympic Gold Medalist Kendall Coyne Schofield. Having already achieved the pinnacle of success in women’s hockey, Kendall set her sights at men’s professional hockey at the end of January. She became the first woman to compete in the NHL All-Star Game Skills Competition, almost winning her event. A few days later, she joined NBC Sports analysts as an in-game announcer for an NHL game. Though there was some controversy over one of the NHL analysts mansplaining hockey to Kendall before the game, her handling of the incident is what I would like to highlight. In a statement she released a few days after the game she brought this lifetime hockey fan to tears. It’s important enough to warrant a lengthy quotation:

“While I wish it came out differently, I know Pierre doesn’t question my hockey knowledge. But, to be honest, that’s not important. What IS important is for every young girl reading this to know it doesn’t matter what anyone thinks of my hockey knowledge – because I do not doubt my hockey knowledge. I didn’t need a gold medal to come to that conclusion. I needed belief in myself. That took time to build and I would never let someone else undo all of that work on the ice – and especially off.”

You can read her full response here. But – for a woman who has spent almost her entire adult life explaining and justifying her love of hockey and her knowledge of the sport to many men who would question both those things, I felt seen and heard and celebrated in a way I hadn’t in a long time. Furthermore, I’ve wanted to be a sports analyst (a girl can dream) since I was 10 and I’ve been watching hockey since I was 4. That night in Pittsburgh was the first time in 31 years I’d seen a woman in the announcing booth or in-between the glass for an NHL game. Representation matters.

That’s a wrap on my rather lengthly 5 Friyays. Forgive the longer post at the end, but big moments deserve more than a few sentences. Dr. Donnelly will be back next week with her 5 Friyays – until then!

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