So why did I post this to the track board instead of the "things not t&f" board -- because WNBA fans are about to get the kind of treatment in tomorrow's sports pages that we are used to in T&F. The WNBA is usually confined to a few paragraphs in the back pages, but I guarantee that THIS will land on p.1, especially in the Texas papers. I feel for them -- we know what it's like have our competitions ignored but our "scandals" (does admitting homosexuality even rise to the level of scandal anymore?) get lengthy coverage.
"Scandal" is an inaccurate descriptor for Sheryl Swoopes's actions.
The term "scandal" implies disgraceful or immoral behavior. Having just read Swoopes's articulate and courageous testimony in ESPN magainze, I think the phrase "victory for humanity" is more appropriate.
This refreshing story merits front page headlines because it deals with issues more important than mere athletic competitions.
It's pretty huge story in my mind's eye. Major sports figures announcing their gayness--particularly when they're still active stars--is exceedingly rare. Admitted gayness in the Afro community is even rarer.
true, there is still a long ways to go. but this is certainly a step in the right direction. i mean, just the fact that Swoopes sparked a discussion on the University of Tennesse's women's basketball message board with people of different opinions going back and forth is a step in the right direction.
In my (limited) experience with this issue, people get too hung up on the 'sex' part of homosexuality. No one but perverts want to know anything about a stranger's sex life, hetero- or homo-, so why should we even be interested in what (and who) they do in the bedroom? My sexuality doesn't ever come up in classroom (ewwww!), i.e., place of work, so why would a gay person's? My teaching, i.e., professional connectivity to others, has NOTHING to do with my love life. It really IS a non-issue (not that some people don't try to make it one!).
>My sexuality doesn't ever come up in classroom (ewwww!), <
geesh i hope not. but anyway, everyone knows teachers DONT have sex, although they may teach a class on it. im pretty sure dr. ruth never had sex but it didnt stop her from being an expert on the subject. just one more ewwwwwwwwww
well this could either help or kill the WNBA i can see a lot of mother reading the part bout "i was not born this way" and saying my daugther not playing no team sport she could be "converted" or the rainbow money could transform the WNBA.
chriswitt wrote:or the rainbow money could transform the WNBA.
I can't see that happening. Why would they sponsor basketball and effectively reinforce the stereotype that athletic women are gay? There are many more important political issues that need to be addressed first.
I love it when that happens. Signs of intelligent life in the universe and all.
As for this second story, the writer has a point: as far as there being a BIG story nationwide, it will take a Michael Jordan or Barry Bonds or Peyton Manning, Tim Duncan or Michael Vick or Roger Clemens. (Which does not make it any more of our business, but it will certainly keep the media talking for a long time.)
Edit: A little research indicates that there is a name confusion on someone in local sports I indicated was out and gay. My mistake, a very common one (in my defense) as the research indicated. Same name, same sport, kind of look the same. The local guy is (presumably) straight and a relative big wig. The other guy – the one who is gay - is out of the sport. I brought it up to indicate that gay folks could blend into the pro athletic scene (this is the SF Bay Area, after all). The local guy must have a great time hearing this stuff from idiots like me.