Introducing a project by the one and only, Rachael Burks, the Female Wolfpack is launching 1/1/13. I’ve been helping her on this project and couldn’t be more excited. Basically, it’s a website that is meant to do one thing and one thing only. Showcase chicks out there getting radical. Skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, climbing, BASE jumping, kayakaing, surfing, skateboarding…. ANYTHING. It’s a media platform to get footage out there and main stream of girls essentially killing it. It’s for professional athletes and up and coming shredders alike. Check out the teaser below. You may recognize a certain skier/BASE jumper making a few appearances.
Aaaannndddddd, (drumroll) lucky you… here is a PREVIEW SITE. It hasn’t officially launched yet but you are special so you get to check out the preview version. Once it launches, there will be a new featured video regularly and generally refreshing the face-melting-chick-action supply. CLICK HERE FOR THE PREVIEW SITE
I just have to say one more thing… something Rachael and I agree on and, well, I won’t get started on my soapbox right now (we’ll save that for another post) but the one thing that I am most proud of with this site, is the only rule basically is no nudity or or sexual exploitation. As women, and especially as women in our sport, you can get lots of attention, likes, views, and fans by strutting around in lingerie and ski boots, down-dogging in your underwear, skiing naked lines, and base jumping with your boobs out- (I have good friends who’ve done all of this, please don’t take offense… I’m just adding my opinion to the melting pot) This works for some girls, and hey, the more power to you I guess- but I personally think it widens the gap between men and women as actual athletes because it just etches us deeper in the minds of a male dominated sport as sex symbols and objects rather than legitimate athletes. A photographer said to me once, (that I won’t mention his name here) “you women should just stick to being lingerie models, it’s something that you are actually good at, leave the skiing to the men.” I should have punched him in the face then and there but I was too young and too shy to stick up for myself. I’ll never forget those words, now it’s just fuel to send it even harder. Sure, I accept and embrace the fact that I’m a women and yes, we are different, but I chose to gain attention by sending it rather than sexing it. But maybe it’s because I’m stubborn and always seem to do things the hard way. Who knows. Here is an excerpt from the site-
“One more thing, and one of the things I feel most passionately about for the site and for the general purpose of girls in a world like ours. The only rule for the submissions on this site- “There are ample opportunities for women to promote themselves as sex symbols. FemaleWolfPack is designed to promote female visibility in another light: as athletes. Don’t exploit your femininity to gain visibility: the point with the website is that now you don’t have to. Take this opportunity to be sexy just by kicking ass at your sport. If you have a problem with this… then start your own sexy site. Sorry. ”