PODCAST: Blair Braverman talks dog-sledding and navigating male dominance on a glacier

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Blair Braverman

From the time she was a child, Blair Braverman was drawn North. Soon after she left high school, she headed to arctic Norway to learn to drive sled dogs, later working a summer job on a glacier in Alaska, taking tourists on dogsled rides. Her travels in Norway continue later, as she settles temporarily in a tiny village called Mortenhals, where she spends her days listening to stories from the village men in the local shop.

While living her dream, she faced not only the physical hardship of living and welcome to the goddamn ice cubeworking on landscape not entirely conducive to human life, but the challenges and trauma of being female in a male dominated culture.

Blair’s book, Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube, comes out today in hardcover. I spoke with her over the phone from her home in northern Wisconsin.

Follow Blair on Twitter @BlairBraverman and watch a sexist interview, as demonstrated by husky puppies, here.

Meghan Murphy
Meghan Murphy

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Meghan Murphy is a freelance writer and journalist. She has been podcasting and writing about feminism since 2010 and has published work in numerous national and international publications, including New Statesman, Vice, Al Jazeera, The Globe and Mail, I-D, Truthdig, and more. Meghan completed a Masters degree in the department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University in 2012 and lives in Vancouver, B.C. with her dog.

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  • Meghan Murphy

    It’s a great read!

  • Meghan Murphy

    I read that story when it came out but had not heard of Blair until she contacted me about her book! I had no idea that was her in that GQ story, I’m embarrassed to say! COOL.

  • Meghan Murphy

    Yes! That must have been such a creepy experience…