Segregation still exists in some countries between men and women. Skateboarding is usually associated with boys and having beat up shins and elbows, but few skater girls in India are breaking the stereotype. This music video, titled “WILD BEASTS – ALPHA FEMALE” , the latest single from Wild Beasts, was directed by Sasha Rainboy and she explains that :
“In places like Afghanistan, Cambodia, and India, skating has not been solidified as a male sport and, therefore, has had a massive cultural impact, teaching values about self-empowerment through skateboarding,”
The video shows the skater girls riding up the streets of Bangalore lead by Atita Verghese, who is India’s first professional skateboarder.
Verghese also co-founded Girl Skate India, an organization aimed to feature, connect, and increase the number of female skateboarders. They hold events and twelve female skateboarders from nine different countries participated to teach, do demos and empower Indian girls to take part with them in this movement to challenge gender inequality.
“I think this is an amazing way, and opportunity actually to get girls to be more confident about themselves, to push their limits about what is possible,” Verghese said.” So I think skateboarding is a brilliant tool to activate this empowerment factor in many women and girls of different ages.”
It may seem like this is something these girls in India can easily do, but gender inequality is a huge problem in Indian society still to this day. To stand up again a cultural norm, these skater girls are bold to stand up for their right to live as a human being.
Rainbow was so impressed when she traveled with the girls from Girl Skate India and Holystoked Skate Crew, that she will be producing a full-length documentary soon.
“Because of the current political climate in the West and attitudes of intolerance and sexism across the world, I wanted to create a video that celebrates everyone who takes the risk to be themselves,”
“The Holystoked Skate Crew and the girls that I worked with are an inspiration that cuts through age, gender and class barriers. I wanted to commemorate this incredible moment in India and show how massive cultural change can start with just one person.”
Watch the video below: