Your favorite adventure retailing co-op is investing major energy in exploring and supporting women and the outdoors, a topic of no small importance, and it recently released a short film, Within Reach, which tackles the thorny issue of how men and women related to one another via sport.
“I think we all have these ideas about ourselves—that we’re not sexist, that we’re not racist. You’re thinking, ‘I’m a good person. I try hard not to make women uncomfortable.’ There’s still these smaller, nuanced gestures that are still putting women at a disadvantage,” says Shelma Jun, a climber and organizer.
The film slides from how women and men interact at the climbing gym (no, she doesn’t want beta, thank you) to how a lack of role models affects the ability of the industry to attract and retain female executives. And if the narrative drifts, that’s okay, because Within Reach only begins to address the hard and complicated status of gender relations in the modern world—it raises critically important points, but, more important, simply kicks off the conversation, and hopefully helps women and men find a way to talk their way to a more even relationship.