Ever wondered why the name ‘Venus Goes Gidget’ for a surfing blog? What does it actually mean? Why does the Austrian come up with a name for her blog she can’t pronounce (for those who don’t know me personally – as a German native speaker I have issue with pronouncing ‘V’.)
Well, there is method to madness and a good reason for this name:
Yes, Venus is the name of a planet, some of you may think of the razor for chicks (you watch too many ads if you do), but with Venus in ‘Venus goes Gidget’ we are referring to the Roman goddess associated with love, beauty, sex, fertility, prosperity and military victory (thanks Wiki – could not have described it any better). Venus represents femininity, so there is a Venus in every women.
The original Gidget was created by Frederick Kohner in 1957. Kohner was fascinated by his daughter’s aspirations to take part in a ‘boys-only’ sport back in the days. That’s how Gidget was born. He wrote the novel ‘Gidget, The Little Girl With Big Ideas’ based on his teenage daughter adventures getting involved with the local surf scene in Malibu. The novel got turned into a popular TV series and some movies. Until today, the name ‘Gidget’ is used as a synonym for surfing girl.
Get it now?
‘Venus Goes Gidget’ hopes to inspire women (just like Venus) to get into the water amongst the boys (just like Gidget).
Special thanks to the lovely Miss Laura who has inspired us to the name with her PHD thesis about women in surfing titled ‘Venus, Gidget and Mermaids of the 21st Century: A Study of Women, Surfing and Empowerment’.