I’ve often wondered how this sits with civic leaders who work so hard to build their towns’ individual and unique identities. Is Humboldt’s association with pot so endemic, so much a part of the region’s DNA, that concern is moot and no one thinks much about it? A knowledgeable local once told me there’s a tacit understanding that pot growers and their big, unregulated, untaxed bucks play a major role in bolstering the economies of Humboldt towns; without them, those economies would tank. Which is an interesting dilemma.
While cultural noise is certainly louder in our technological age, girls from the beginning of time have dealt with the particulars of second citizenship in ways that have run the gamut from truly hideous to merely inconvenient and, still, in the year 2012, can bump into “expectations” and limitations about where their roads may – or may not - lead. To succeed as a woman anywhere, in any field, and to any degree requires strength, tenacity, and thick skin; all necessary to the task of being female. Which is why it’s all the more impressive when girls, women, do succeed, particularly in fields that are typically considered the purview of men.