By on February 16, 2016

Hog Island honey fights for women’s equality in new extreme sport.

JACKSON HOLE, WY – Lill, the adventurer, spiritual seeker, advocate for female empowerment and Hog Island native, recently became the first female to solo a full order of Bubba’s biscuits and gravy. I caught up with her last week and she agreed to answer some questions.

PJH: First of all let me congratulate you on becoming the first female to complete a full order of Bubba’s biscuits and gravy. I’m sure our readers want to know how you became interested in biscuits and gravy.

Lill: I began eating Bubba’s biscuits and gravy when I was three years old. My dad would take us out for breakfast when mom was too hung-over to cook. Dad was dating one of the waitresses on the side so he always got a discount. Shelley, that was the waitress my dad knew. She would go on to become his third ex-wife. Anyway, she would set a couple platters of biscuits and gravy on the table and dad, my brothers and I would dig in. If I wanted more than licking empty plates, I had to eat fast.

PHJ: Do you see the female experience of Bubba’s biscuits and gravy as different than that of men’s?

Lill: I do think it is different. Men are raised to overachieve, to challenge themselves, to feel comfortable with a bloated gut and passing gas. However, women are affected by social attitudes that suggest they shouldn’t eat a half order of biscuits and gravy, let alone a whole order. Still, I think women involved in extreme sports experience similar emotions as men, but we’re not so tied to the results we forget to live the moment, to enjoy the flakiness of the biscuit, the spice and texture of the sausage and most of all, the camaraderie of other women.

PJH: What was the biggest challenge you faced?

Lill: The biggest challenge was overcoming my own self-doubts fed by outdated societal judgments. When a woman orders biscuits and gravy, her boyfriend expects to get some. Women fear they will become unattractive to men if there is nothing left on their plate for the man to graze on. It’s time we left this black-and-white thinking behind and allow women to reach for the stars. If your man insists on eating your leftovers, order a side of bacon with your biscuits and gravy and let him eat that. Believe me, you’ll both be happy.

PJH: How did you train?

Lill: I am blessed to have a group of girlfriends who supported me. Lynn Hill, the famous rock climber followed me on Twitter. News&Guide adventure columnists Molly Absolon and Dina Mishev often showed up at Bubba’s to offer encouragement when I was training. Both were there the morning I broke the record and I may get mentioned in one of their columns.

PJH: What are your plans now?

Lill: In between promotional appearances as a product ambassador for Jimmy Dean Pure Pork Sausage, I want to help other women overcome self-doubt and cheer them on as they push the edge. To women everywhere I say. “If you have a dream, go for it!” PJH

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