|B (on the left) with her opponent post-match.|
An update! Yesterday one of my girls competed in a grappling tournament in Denver (where I got to meet Cat Zingano...but that is another story).
B used my water manipulation method and went from 166lbs to 157lbs in four days. If you haven't read my guide to cutting weight for women, go check it out.
Writing for TUFF
I've been offered to write for TUFF "The Ultimate Female Fighter" website on product reviews and any other article I think is good enough. Thus, I've decided to make Pugilista my site for fighter interviews and personal training information and link to the larger articles on TUFF. I'm so excited to work with Katrina and the rest of the folks over at TUFF who are dedicated to promoting female fighters. If you haven't checked out the website, do it now!
Next week I will be interviewing Heather Bassett, a 125lb amateur MMA fighter from Wisconsin. Heather is considered a major up-and-coming fighter with a current record of 3-0. Stay tuned for that interview.
I'm working furiously on the introduction to my dissertation and writing a proposal for an upcoming academic conference. The Popular Culture Association/American Language Association conference is in Boston this year and I really want to go. Last year, I presentated a paper last year on Frank Miller and the reinvention of the noir thriller, which is part of my larger research/dissertation project. This year I've decided to apply to two different areas: detective fiction (my specialty) and sports, which is apparently a pretty small group.
I am going to write a presentation about the discursive and ideological position of female fighters within a male-dominated institution. What will this presentation intail? To be honest, I am not sure yet. I just know that I want to talk about how discourse automatically marginalizes women through the necessity of qualifiers...as in 'female' fighter rather than just 'fighter.' I will post the proposal in the next week to see what you all think.